West Tucson burglary break out
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Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A break out of burglaries on Tucson's west side has neighbors on high alert.
Four burglaries in about a week and a half has neighbors in a neighborhood near Speedway and Silverbell keeping an extra eye out for each other.
This seems like a quiet neighborhood but the people are not quiet at heart. They are worried about a string of burglaries and wondering when burglars will hit again.
On Diane's back porch a box of broken glass shows how the burglars got in. They even left a few burglar tools behind.
They did not leave behind, Diane's big screen TVs, jewelry, and a computer full of family photos.
Diane asked us not to show her face or use her real name. She's afraid the burglars will come back.
"It's very scary. You feel unsafe although now, since this happened I'm meeting neighbors that I didn't know before. We're all making contact and hoping to bring awareness to our neighborhood."
Burglars hit Beth Barroso's house the same way, with a big rock through the back window. Her alarm scared them off before they could grab a thing but just breaking in was bad enough.
"They they threw it so hard that the glass really embedded itself in some of my things in my kitchen. The rock shattered some of my tiles. So far they've done four thousand dollars worth of damage."
Neighbors are surprised that some of the burglaries happened at busy times of the day.
Tucson Police Sergeant Chris Widmer says that can be part of their cover.
"They'll learn the patterns, they'll blend in in the daytime and they'll watch to see who's home, and who's leaving another technique is they'll knock on doors and see who's home."
And once they've invested enough time to know a neighborhood's pattern's they may hit again and again until they decide things are too hot for them.
Sergeant Widmer says to make things hot for burglars and give police a better chance to stop them, don't hesitate to ask police to check out anyone who does not seem like they belong. Neighbors say they're suspicious about an old white car they've been seeing that has a loud muffler on it. And for the long term they're organizing a neighborhood watch.