Mar 20, 2011 11:28 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Police police are investigating a number of home break ins in the neighborhood near 31st Street and San Isabel.
"Definitely a pattern," says Sergeant Rick Lancendorfer.
Police say as early as Friday night, an elderly man was beaten and his car keys were stolen. A care taker found him Saturday afternoon. The thieves came for the car Saturday night, even after neighbors had let the air out of the tires after they had heard of the assault.
The victim's family discovered the car with the deflated tires, at the parking garage at Parkview Hospital.
A week before, another couple had their car stolen. They say they were sleeping when the burglar broke the kitchen window, took the car keys and took off with the car.
"People need to be aware," says the victim, who did not want her name to be used.
The couple got their car back, thanks to their neighbor. She noticed someone else driving the car, so she followed the car and called police. The thief ditched the car before police arrived.
Neighbors recall a number of recent break ins or attempted break ins happening. Some say they're afraid to sleep at their homes, and they're disappointed at police response. Others say they're ready to take action. Tammy Galpin says she's ready to reactivate a neighborhood watch.
"We will protect what is ours around this neighborhood, so beware," proclaims Galpin.
Police have not arrested anyone for the crimes.