The Victim: Doug Moyse
The Crime: Burglary of a motor vehicle
Date: Friday, Nov. 23-24
Time: Between 1 p.m. (Nov. 23) and 12:45 p.m. (Nov. 24)
Location: 6700 block of Dalhart
So much shattered glass for nothing.
Like many neighborhood residents, Doug Moyse has been the victim of a car break-in before. No matter how many times it happens, though, it is always a bit shocking. The latest car burglary at his Lakewood Trails home left his passenger side window smashed. The burglar grabbed an empty laptop bag, but ultimately nothing was taken. The laptop bag was later discovered a few houses down.
“I think they were pretty disappointed because they probably thought they were getting a laptop, but they didn’t,” Moyse says.
Throughout November, numerous car break-ins happened in the area, with stolen items ranging from expensive cameras to large amounts of cash. Moyse says he knows other neighbors who have experienced car break-ins. The last time someone broke into his car, Moyse says the thief also got basically nothing, just a couple CDs and some pocket change. Nonetheless, the broken windows and hassle are very annoying.
“They didn’t even take the change this time,” he adds.
Dallas Police Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division says leaving items in a car like a laptop bag could easily attract the attention of a possible thief, and residents should avoid leaving anything inside a car.
“Any item that someone can make easy money off is always an easy target,” he says.
“The safest place to park at your home is in your garage. If you cannot park in your garage, then park in a well-lit era. If you have to utilize the street for parking, make sure that there are no items in your vehicle that thieves would be tempted to steal.”
Number of laptops stolen from the Apple store on Knox Dec. 1
iPhones stolen from the same location about two weeks later
At publication, number of times the store had been burglarized during December