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Update: University heights break-ins have stopped

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 12:21:08-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The break-ins in the University Heights district have stopped... for the time being. After a slew of six break-ins at neighborhood businesses since late November, the University Heights Business Association came together to find a stop. Thursday community leaders and Buffalo Police met to discuss the plan to keep this from reoccurring in the future.

"We're a lot more vigilant now, there's more patrols, police are responding more quickly," says Mickey Vertino, President of the University Heights Collaborative.

Since the last break in at Wholly Crepe on January 15, Buffalo Police have increased their patrols in the area at all times of the day. Property damage mitigation tactics were also discussed with an outside protection group at the meeting.

“One of the new features is putting shatter proof film on the glass windows that would not change the aesthetics but it would protect the access where you could not access the property," says Vertino.

Buffalo Police believe that all of the break-ins can be tied to one male. Police say they found a blood DNA sample at one of the break-in scenes but it will take a few months to see if they're able to draw any conclusions from it.