Lafayette police report that burglars disabled a telephone-linked alarm system to a home in the 3200 block of Sweet Drive Wednesday, smashing through a rear sliding glass door to gain entry and ransack the residence.
Various items were taken, according to police, including jewelry. The bedrooms appeared to have been targeted as the thieves searched for valuables. Police said the burglary occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Investigators issued an appeal to neighbors who may have seen suspicious persons or vehicles in the neighborhood during those hours. The homeowner reported that a woman came to the home in the hours before the burglary asking for directions – which may have been a ruse used to assess the home’s security, police said.
They reminded homeowners that thieves are accessing the backyards of homes through unsecured side gates and then making entry through glass doors, often smashing the door or window with an item close at hand.