Burglars targeting cars in upscale Uptown building

Residents at an upscale Uptown building are hoping those who've been smashing car windows to steal what's inside get caught
December 13, 2013 8:21:33 PM PST
People living in the Galleria area are frustrated after a string of brash car break-ins. It's going on at the Gables at Post Oak.

Residents say they love the luxury building, but the number of car break-ins there has some of them planning to move out.

Elena Demiamenko just spent $200 replacing her car window after thieves broke into her building's garage.

"They broke my window and they took my laptop, which was a work computer," Demiamenko said. "It was really, really bad. It took two days to replace it and to restore the files."

A rash of break ins at the Gables of Post Oak has residents of the upscale building upset.

"I think there need to be more cameras, more people watching," resident Adreana Nash said.

HPD confirmed it has received several recent reports of car burglaries here: one on November 23, three on November 24, another three on December 5, and one on December 7.

Residents received a letter from management which stated, in part:

"We strongly suggest that you lock your vehicle and that nothing of value is left in your vehicle. In addition, we would suggest you keep the telephone number of the local law enforcement in a readily accessible place."

But residents say the management has a responsibility to prevent the break-ins, which they say are easy to carry out.

"Early in the morning before 6 o'clock, there was someone trying to come in through the exit, trying to sneak in," resident Lisa Parkhill said.

"It's pretty upsetting for people. It's a gated community. People pay a lot of money," resident Michelle Dabeq said.

We contacted the Gables management but they said they would not comment.

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