Doggie-door burglary puts neighbors on alert


That warning comes after an intrusion and theft at a home on Tartan near Edloe.

That doggie-door burglary has neighbors back here in Braeswood Place sending out community alerts and urging one another to keep a close watch on each other's homes, especially during the day.

In Braeswood Place, Tartan is a pretty quiet street. But a recent burglary here on the 3700 block has neighbors buzzing and on high alert now.

"It's very disturbing. It's scary," neighbor Maria Keene said.

Neighbors like Keene and Judy Ledet are worried, knowing an unknown thief recently crawled his way into a woman's house on this street.

Deputy constables say the crook broke in through a doggie door in the victim's backyard.

"She went for a walk, and probably within 5 minutes someone robbed her through her dog door," Ledet said.

Neighbors believe the thief had to be casing the street waiting for a target.

Investigators say the crook used the doggie door to steal the homeowner's purse from her kitchen counter. There were no other signs of forced entry.

"Right after it happened, the neighbor actually had to have alarm services put on her house," neighbor Jacob Deering said.

Deering has two dogs of his own. He says the doggie-door burglary has triggered some neighbors in this area to beef up security with alarms.

"Everybody in the neighborhood is watching out now," Deering said.

Neighbors say in addition to sending out mass alerts, they are also working with the constable's office to set up a community awareness program.

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