Car break-ins continued in the community for the second night with two overnight incidents on the South, Security reported Friday.
The difference between the break-ins on Colbert Drive and the seven break-ins reported Thursday on the North is the cars were parked in the garage, not in the driveway. The thieves entered the garages through unlocked side doors, according to Security Chief Greg Remson.
Purses and a man's wallet were among the items taken from the vehicles, Remson said. The wallet was recovered at the scene, but the purses are still missing, he said Friday afternoon. He was unsure of the total amount of the loss.
Remson said the thefts were reported to the Sheriff's Department and deputies plan to provide extra patrols for the community.
On Thursday, Security reported seven vehicles had been burglarized on the North overnight. All of the cars were parked in driveways and apparently left unlocked. Items taken included cash, a camera and sunglasses.
Remson said Security discovered the first of South break-ins Friday morning after a resident who was getting ready for work called around 3 a.m. to report seeing a person dressed in black on the street.
The patrol officer who responded to the call didn't see anyone, but he did find an open gate at a home on the street. Upon entering the yard, the officer found the side door to the garage open and notified the residents. They discovered a purse had been taken from one of the cars in the garage and a wallet from another vehicle. The resident found the wallet on a garbage can outside the garage, Remson said.
While the officer was talking to the resident, he heard dogs barking farther down the street and went to investigate. He was joined in the search by a deputy who was in the area, but they didn't locate anyone, Remson said.
The second break-in was discovered later in the morning by the residents of another home on Colbert. Remson said a purse was taken in that burglary also.
Remson said it's hard to say if the same people were involved in the North and South break-ins, but his message to residents is the same: "It's what we've said and the Sheriff's Department has said. These are preventable crimes. If the gates were locked and the side doors were locked, then these crimes would probably not have occurred. This person is not forcing entry... Lock your cars, don't leave any valuables inside. If possible, park in the garage and keep the garage doors locked."
He asked that residents report any suspicious activity to Security dispatch at 354-2773 (CARE) or 354-3743. For an in-progress crime, call 911 immediately.