Flatscreen TVs a target for thieves

JONESBORO, Ark. – When a thief breaks into a home with a flat screen TV, there is a good chance he will attempt to take it.

Recent reports from Jonesboro Police Department show flat screen televisions among some of the most stolen items during residential burglaries – like the one reported at 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the 1200-block of Halthom.

A resident returned home to find the front door open and his 55-inch LG TV stolen. There were no suspects, although the man believed it could be someone familiar with his home.

Flat screens are an easy target for criminals. Whereas televisions were previously prohibitively large and bulky, a modern flat screen is usually less than 20 pounds and can be slid into a back seat or trunk.

Another item crooks go for are video game consoles. Playstation 4, XBox One, or other consoles are often the go-to target for thieves. The small size and value of the hardware makes it a tempting target.

With holidays approaching, many are bound to have new valuables in their home. Police have urged in the past for consumers not to set boxes for their new hardware by the road – as it is an advertisement to criminals that a new valuable was purchased.

If you can help police solve the burglary mentioned above – or other crimes – call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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