By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have investigated seven home invasions so far this year, a much busier pace than all of 2013 but one that officials don’t believe is a trend.

There were 11 such incidents last year, The Des Moines Register reported ( ). The home invasions that have occurred since the beginning of January do not appear to be connected, and they have not spilled into neighboring suburbs.

In most cases, the victims knew the people who forced their way inside their homes. Police say that at least seven of the 18 home invasions since the start of 2013 were drug related.

In some of the home invasions so far in 2014, residents being home at the time.

Kira Fallis, 23, was in her home on Jan. 10 when three people shoved their way inside and knocked her to the ground. She said she knew two of the people.

“Then they proceeded to go for my TVs, my computer in the back room. They were tearing stuff apart,” she said. “I’ve lived here a year. I never thought it would happen to me.”

Two men were later arrested in the case and charged with first-degree burglary.

Police Sgt. Jason Halifax said assailants behind home invasions are usually seeking something specific.

“Very few of them are random,” he said. “I can break into about any house that’s unoccupied and find something valuable. When they’re upping the ante like that, typically speaking, they’re after a certain item.”

Police think the spike in home invasions is a coincidence and not the beginning of a trend.

“We’ve had a run of them, but we don’t believe it’s a burgeoning crime wave,” Halifax said.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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