At my exercise class this morning, the woman who directs the class made an announcement that we should all be aware of, living south of 466.
There is a band of burglars working in our area. They hit four houses in Virgina Trace alone on Friday evening, two houses from where she lives. They work after dark and keep an eye out for cars and carts leaving the garage. They go in through the lanai – if it’s locked, they cut the screen and reach in. Then take a crowbar and pry open the slider. They even have a powerful magnet that if you have a metal bar to lock the slider, they can lift it. A wood dowel is good. The police have traced their path with bloodhounds – from the houses to the Virginia Trace gate. They were on foot. They are taking money and jewelry. These are professionals. You know how dark the backs of our houses are.
The police have asked residents to keep a watchful eye out for anyone suspicious and call them immediately!
The detective was just here and said we should warn our neighbors, because the usual scenario lately is that once a house has been hit by this burglar they suspect, they usually hit several more in the same neighborhood within a short period of time.
In several cases, an attractive woman around 26 years old, has been seen slowly walking down the street, or standing a couple houses away from the house being robbed, talking on her cell phone, (probably to the person in the house, as a lookout). The police want anyone who sees ANYTHING suspicious or out of place to call 911 so they can come investigate. They said these burglaries are a top priority to get solved… So even a very small thing is worth calling them for…
Let’s keep our eyes open!!
The Belvedere Social Board would like to thank all its members for their support in 2008. We look forward to working with all in 2009!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays