Lafayette police are investigating an unsettling series of burglaries in the Southern Burton Valley Area of the city Wednesday – incidents investigators say appear to be related and which illustrate the level to which thieves are willing to go to get what they want.
Residential Burglary 3100 Block of Cordova Way – The resident is in their home and goes to bed at midnight. When they awake in the morning, they find that someone has been inside their home and has searched several areas of the home. The residents wallet was removed from the home as well as a cell phone and other property. LPD Officers responded to the area and found the side gate to the home was unsecured and entry was made to the home through an unlocked window. LPD CSI personnel collected various items of evidence from the home. Entry to the home was made after midnight and before 5 a.m.
Petty Theft from Vehicle 3100 Block of Rohrer Drive – A neighbor out walking found a man’s wallet laying in the roadway of Cordova Way. The resident searched the wallet and found that it belonged to a resident on Rohrer Drive. They return the wallet to the owner and discover the wallet was taken from an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of the home. The resident was unaware their wallet had been taken from the vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked in the driveway of the home overnight. The wallet was likely taken from the vehicle between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.
Residential Burglary 3100 Block of Cordova Way – The resident arrives home on February 28 and goes to bed. When they awake in the morning, they find a strange set of keys laying on a chair within their home. When they examined the interior of the home, they find that someone has been inside their home and has taken their purse. When they exit their home, they find their car has been searched as well. LPD Officers find the car was unlocked, the side gate allowed easy access to the rear yard and the rear sliding glass door to the home was left unlocked. CSI personnel collected various items of evidence from the home.
Residential Burglary 500 Block of Hunsaker Canyon Road – The resident arrives home at 10:30 p.m. (2/28/17) parking their car in front of their home. After entering their home, they leave their purse in the entryway of the home. When they awoke the next morning, they found their purse missing and other items within the home disturbed. LPD Officers found the front door to the home was left unlocked overnight. CSI personnel responded to the home and processed the home for evidence. Evidence was collected from the home.
Lafayette police chief Eric Christensen said all of these crimes were preventable, stressing the need for residents to lock their windows and doors. Police called the crimes “concerning,” as strangers were inside homes while residents were asleep inside.
Investigators said the suspects arrived in the neighborhood to look through unlocked cars for valuables. While here, they found one home with the side access gate completely removed – giving them access to the rear of the home. At the rear of the home, they found an unlocked window in a home office. They removed the screen and climbed into the occupied home (what police refer to as a “Cat Burglary”).
Once inside the home the suspect(s) searched the home, while residents slept several doors away. This same pattern was repeated at two additional residences in the area. These suspects never broke a window, never pried a door. They just accessed the rear yards of the homes, where they found unlocked points of entry.