Crime

Dec 20, 2013 1:06 AM by Maddie Garrett

Neighbors Taking Action After String of Burglaries

A string of burglaries is plaguing a neighborhood in North East Colorado Springs, just in time to ruin someone's holiday. More than a dozen homes have had packages stolen off of the front porch in the Wolf Ranch subdivision. People there told News 5 they're not just scared, they're angry, and are taking action.

"Violated... Anytime you have something stolen off of your property it just makes you very concerned," said neighbor Angela Anders.

Anderson lives in Wolf Ranch, and said this is what she found out on her neighborhood's website:

"This person is watching the UPS and the FedEx driver drive around and then going and taking the packages that they're leaving at the door," said Anderson.

Police said up to 15 houses have been targeted in this subdivision alone.

"It's unfortunate, it's sad but it's also scary," said Anderson.

So Anderson and her neighbors are fighting back.

"Everybody is very diligent about looking out for each other," she said.

Another neighbor speaking anonymously said, "The neighborhood has been pretty supportive of keeping an eye for suspicious behavior."

In fact, one neighbor has collected surveillance pictures of a person and their vehicle, they believe is responsible for the burglaries.

"I think people will be more vigilant looking out for that person and that vehicle," said the anonymous neighbor.

Colorado Springs Police have an open investigation and are looking into that suspect caught on camera.

"But in all fairness to that person, we have to do a thorough investigation to make sure that he's just not an innocent person who happened to be in the area at that time," explained CSPD Public Information Officer Barbara Miller.

Unfortunately though, Miller said this time of year creates crimes of opportunity.

"This is very disheartening to know that someone who's expecting a package has it stolen by a Christmas thief," said Miller.

Miller suggested a few ways people can protect themselves, such as trying to be home when a package is delivered or having a neighbor pick it up for you. You can also let the delivery company know a specific location to leave the package, or have it delivered to another address or your work.

If Police confirm that the picture taken in the neighborhood is a confirmed suspect, News 5 will release it at that time.

 

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