Edgy neighbors have been telling us of suspicious cars and people in our various neighborhoods in recent days, doing a little Christmas shopping in our homes, front porches, and unlocked cars.
There have been too many of these incidents to list effectively, and a case in Lafayette Wednesday demonstrated to what lengths thieves are willing to go to get what they want.
Officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 1300 Block of Reliez Valley Road around 2 p.m. yesterday after a resident arrived home to find their front door heavily damaged by someone bent on gaining access.
The good news for the resident was that the front door held but the bad news was that the apparently frustrated crook then abandoned the direct method, went to the rear of the home and through a rock through a rear sliding glass door.
Television and computer were taken.
The accompanying image is of a prowling SUV police say was seen in the area Wednesday. It’s not the best of photos but as we have found these folks don’t always consent to being photographed.
Investigators determined that the resident had left the home at 9:30 a.m. and returned a few hours later. Earlier in the afternoon a neighbor called police to report seeing a vehicle stop and a passenger, described only as a black man in dark clothing, get out of the car and exhibit an unusual interest in homes in the area.
Officers responded quickly but were unable to locate either the man or the car in question.