City police investigate break-ins

A series of break-ins Sunday night have Columbia City police asking for help in locating and arresting a suspect.According to Det. Tim Longenbaugh of the Columbia City Police Department four homes and one business were broken into Sunday evening between 8 and 9 p.m.So far, he said only minor items, small amounts of cash and loose change, have been reported missing.Unlike a series of break-ins last month in the city, Longenbaugh said no one was home during the recent incidents.Police reported last month that several homes had been entered through unlocked windows while the occupants were inside.“These were all locked up and no one was home at the time,” Longenbaugh said.The break-ins occurred along railroad tracks near Chicago Street and Raber Road.The detective said a male in his late teens or early 20’s was going door to door the day before the incidents, inquiring about a lost dog.Longenbaugh said he’s interested in getting a description of this suspect and is asking anyone who saw him or knows anything about the suspect to call 248-5129.“We’ve got a few leads and we’re following up on them and we’re asking anyone who lives in that area and has any information to call us,” Longenbaugh said.