As we (sadly) first reported here via our Flash Alerts and Facebook page Friday, thieves targeted a Lafayette home in broad daylight, ransacked much of the residence and would have taken more had a neighbor not made their presence known.
Lafayette police are looking for the owners of nearby homes who may have captured the thieves on their home surveillance systems, and said they may have watched the residents prepare for a weekend away – striking when they left.
Investigators said the theft occurred at 3:38 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Woodview Drive and first came to their attention when a neighbor called to report seeing two men in hoodies running from the side of the residence – their hands filled with electronics and other property.
A neighbor said the men ran to a silver-colored, four-door sedan that had been backed into the driveway of the residence and fled. Officers arrived to find them gone, an exterior door unlocked, the home extensively ransacked, with many more belongings “staged” near the door for removal.
They surmised that the two “light skinned” black or Hispanic men believed responsible realized they had been seen by the neighbor and hastily left the area.
Police said the family had departed their home on Friday afternoon for a weekend away, packing their car in front of the residence and while loading, they noticed individuals in a nearby car that appeared to be watching them pack.
They described the car as a silver-colored Volvo with tinted windows. The residents told officers they felt uncomfortable about the car, but did not record the license plate number of the vehicle.
Suspect #1 – Male, light-skinned African-American or Hispanic, 5′-8″, Gray Hooded Sweatshirt
Suspect #2 – Male, light-skinned African-American or Hispanic, 5′-8″, Gray Hooded Sweatshirt
Vehicle #1 – Volvo, silver in color, tinted windows, possibly an S60 model
Vehicle #2 – Chevrolet, silver color, four door sedan. The vehicle was a “newer” model