A holiday reminder from southern Colorado residents; lock all car and garage doors. Burglars are getting more creative this time of year. Over the weekend, several homes were broken into with little effort.
Several families tell 11 News thieves opened their unlocked cars and grabbed the garage door remote, then walked into the garage and rummaged through their belongings.
"It doesn't feel right," said Joseph Cantu, a homeowner whose residence was burglarized.
"I could have maybe prevented it," admitted Ryan Washburn, another homeowner who was victimized.
The crimes happened in two separate parts of El Paso County, one near Barnes and Peterson on Eagle Canyon Dr. The other incident was near Highway 24 and Marksheffel on Parsonage Ln.
The homeowners say thieves walked right up to their cars and grabbed the garage door remotes, and started going through their items. "This is my house, I was one door away from them walking in and... a home invasion, who knows what could have happened," Washburn said.
"Sometimes you forget to lock your doors and that's really important to remember," Cantu said. Cantu did not loose much, just some DVD's and CD's, but his neighbor's house was also burglarized.
The neighbor's son actually ran the thieves off when his dog heard the garage door open. He said all he saw was a dark colored pick up with a camper shell on the back. "It can happen to anybody," said Cantu.
It's a different story for Washburn who says he lost about $50,000 in ATVs, dirt bikes, and his pick-up truck. "That's a hit, for sure," he said.
Washburn has been hanging fliers all around his neighborhood, hoping someone saw something.
Police say these types of crimes could have been prevented just by keeping car and garage doors locked, or hiding the garage remotes.
If you saw or heard anything that can help police or sheriff's deputies solve these crimes anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.