Burglars struck in Lafayette again Friday – the second theft of its kind in a week – and police are hoping local residents can help in locating perpetrators who may be using similar tactics to enter and rob local homes.
Officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Judy Lane on Friday after the resident returned home at 4:30 p.m. to find a sliding glass door ajar. The homeowner told police they had left the residence at 7:45 a.m. – locking all windows and doors but not setting the alarm.
Landscapers at the home during the day said the residence was undisturbed when they left it at 12:30 p.m. Investigators set the time of the break-in between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Crime Scene investigators determined that the suspects had tried to push open sliding windows on the lower floor of the home, removing screens to do so. When they were unable to locate an unlocked window, police said, they forced entry through the sliding glass door – using a tool to lift the door off its track.
Police said the thieves removed electronics and other valuables from the home. Investigators were able to collect several items of physical evidence from
Police said today’s theft bears similarities to a burglary reported on Leroy Way last Friday – with both crimes occurring on the same day of the week, the same time of day (late afternoon, between noon and 4 p.m.) and the means of entry are similar.
The window frame surrounding the glass in the Leroy burglary also appeared to have been damaged, as if the burglar was attempting to pull the glass out – allowing them to reach their hand inside and unlock the door, according to police.
Investigators are asking local residents living in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Reliez Station Road to review their security systems to see if they can identify any suspicious vehicles that may have been in the area at the time of the crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police dispatch center at (925) 284-5010 or through their tip line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information about this case would be greatly appreciated.