December 5, 2006
"We're having burglaries throughout the county, but this area, for some reason somebody has an interest in this little area," Detective Phil Giles said.
The Hessian Hills area has been the target of 14 home burglaries, 12 larcenies from vehicles, and one stolen automobile all within a three month period.
"Our neighbor on the other side here I believe had a laptop stolen out of an open window," Hessian Hills resident Stuart King said.
By leaving doors and windows unlocked, these crimes of convenience have police chasing several possibilities, but with no hard leads
"It could be somebody that actually lives up here that we're not aware of or we could have somebody that's moved to the area that has a criminal past and has set up shop here," Giles continued.
Giles said the burglar strikes after the homeowners have returned from work, and then left again for a short amount of time. A habit that leads them to believe the intruder is carefully monitoring victims behavioral patterns.
"We've thought all along that somebody's come in here, maybe they pick a house, they watch it learn the routine and then they strike," Giles said.
"It's not a very good feeling that somebody might be watching," King said.
And they are, another home was targeted just last week. Taking a proactive approach, some residents have recently installed security systems and all are relying on watchful eyes.
"My neighbor just went out of town for a week and she was asking if we would park a car in her driveway and kind of watch over the house," King said.
The things that are being taken include laptops, mp3 players, ipods, digital cameras, things that many people have more of during the holidays. Police said they are checking in with pawn shops daily, and so far none of the items have turned up.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.