It’s been a month since we last reported a ‘cat-burglary’ in East Dallas, but these nighttime burglaries, while homeowners sleep, are still occurring.
A new case in nearby Lake Highlands was reported today.
The complainant told police that she awoke to missing electronics including a computer, iPad and television and then realized the family car — a silver 2004 Infinity parked right by the front door — was gone too. She and her husband and their two children were all asleep as the burglary took place.
This is one of several cases in the White Rock area of a burglar entering a home as the family slept. In at least two, the thieves were so bold as to enter the bedrooms of homeowners as they slept. One of those was in the Lochwood/Dixon Branch area last month.
The neighborhood, Woodbridge, in which the most recent incident happened, though located near the high-crime Forest Audelia area, is quite secure and has a relatively low incidence of crime (based on close observation of crime reports in the three years I have lived in the neighborhood).
Said neighborhood is periodically patrolled by a crime watch group and also is under camera surveillance and every other yard has a barking dog — that just goes to show the boldness of the criminals. Keep in mind, we do not know for sure and police have not confirmed that all of these intrusions are related, but the modus operandi is strikingly similar. The first so-called ‘cat burglary’ The Advocate reported was in March, and the police told our reporter that “these types of cases are unusual” … that the burglars think no one is home or they are “just bold”.
A few months later, it is pretty clear that it is the latter.