Some homeowners on alert in our community after several car break-ins on their streets. This happened in more than one neighborhood in Colorado springs.
Several car owners in at least two neighborhoods were targeted. The break-ins happened on a few streets surrounding Academy International School, near Union Boulevard and Charity Drive Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Now those residents are dealing with having to fix car windows and replacing possessions that are now gone.
Tracy Ellis thought she was having a normal Tuesday morning, getting her kids ready for school. That is until she got to her car. "In the mad dash to get them out, came out and noticed my car charger on the driveway, or ground, and noticed the radio was out of my car," says Ellis.
Ellis left her car unlocked overnight. The unlocked door gave thieves easy access to her Honda's CD/radio. "Well, it looks like they took a tool and tried to jimmy it out," says Ellis.
Another victim 11 News spoke with is concerned that police didn't show up overnight. "If there's no suspect information and it's not an ongoing circumstance, then we don't immediately dispatch officers. We leave our officers for other resources and core services," says Lt. David Whitlock of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Ellis now says it's a lesson learned, the hard way. "It makes me realize you always have to keep your guard up and, ya know, to put my car in the garage and lock it," says Ellis.
She considers herself lucky that just her radio was stolen since her garage door opener was also in her car.
If you have these car break-ins, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.