True crime: Burglary

Someone hauled the tools away.

Someone hauled the tools away.

The Victim: Bryan Wetz
The Crime: Burglary
Date: Sunday, Feb. 12
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: 7100 block of Wildgrove

Bryan Wetz loves his job. A popular interior designer, his work ranges from furniture design to building to millwork. He has always loved interesting design and artwork. Wetz studied art in college, but says he wanted to do something where he could make a little more money.

“I fell in love with design,” he says.

Being skillful with his hands has been a big plus for him. Working with a saw is one of those skills, and his customers are happy with his work. Luckily, he keeps most of his tools for work at his shop, as his stash of tools at his Lakewood home recently was stolen from his garage. He believes someone entered through his backyard and then broke into the garage. The loss included a power washer, chainsaw, miter saw, table saw and air compressor. Wetz says other tools may have been taken as well.

“I’m going to go out there one day looking for something and realize it has been stolen,” he says.

Dallas Police Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division says there is no burglar-proof way of securing a garage or building, and if a burglar wants to get in, he will.

“Having an active crime watch community is the best deterrent because if there are people seen around the neighborhood, especially the ‘nosy’ neighbor, burglars are less likely to target that area,” he says.

Jones says cordless drills, saws and other types of electrical tools are the most common targets in this type of crime, and suggests keeping records on personal property, including serial numbers.

“Burglars, if they are smart, typically just have a bag/backpack. They will take items of high value that don’t hinder their mobility.”

| crime numbers |

800

Amount of damage done when someone smashed the touch screen of the Redbox kiosk in the 5100 block of Greenville

5700

Block of McCommas where someone tried to burglarize a residence while the owner was at home; the homeowner pushed the burglar out of the door, grabbed a handgun from her car and yelled at the perpetrator until he dropped the stolen property in the driveway and was arrested

4

Number of suspects who shoplifted at Victoria Secret in Mockingbird Station March 3, stealing 20 shorts, 10 yoga hoodies, 10 yoga pants, eight tank tops and 20 T-shirts

Source: Dallas Police Department

 


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