The Victim: Vivian Wagner
The Crime: Burglary of a motor vehicle
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3
Time: Between midnight and 5:30 a.m.
Location: 7000 block of Gaston

SOMEONE GRABBED THE GAS.

Making your own soda has become pretty popular in recent years. The do-it-yourself ease of the Soda Stream is supposed to make the process simple and save money in the long run.

“It’s a very good product,” Vivian Wagner says.

She had recently purchased a couple small carbon dioxide canisters to help carbonate her homemade sodas. Unfortunately, she had left them in her car, and they were taken in a recent car break-in.

“The dog was anxious to go out about 5 a.m., so we took it out for a walk about 5:30,” she says.

What she found was her car full of broken glass. Also taken were a carton of bungee cords and a car shammy. For such a small amount of stolen property, it will cost about $300 to repair the window. Wagner says several other car break-ins have happened in the area recently, and she and her husband have been victims of the same crime three times in their 20 years at the home.

Dallas Police Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division encourages residents to practice the department’s “Lock, Take, Hide” approach: lock cars, take keys and hide any belongings left in the car. Through the last 10 years, police credit the awareness of the program in reducing automobile break-ins. Statistics show that most auto-related offenses occur in the parking lots of apartment communities, businesses, malls, strip shopping centers, restaurants and office buildings.