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Car Burglaries Drive Fort Worth Residents To Fight Back

By Melissa Newton, CBS 11 News
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.com) - A warning for people in one area of far east Fort Worth.

Some people who live on Boulder Park Drive, near Euless, reported numerous car break-ins over the last several days.

They’re upset and taking matters into their own hands.

Heath and Sonya Sellers woke up early Monday morning to find their neighbor’s belongings in their driveway, possibly left there by the same person who took several items from their car.

“Out of ours, he stole two leather jackets, 12 CDs and a radar detector,” Heath said, “and he was gone… Less than a minute.”

The crime was caught on the family’s surveillance system.

The Sellers family admitted their Jeep was likely unlocked, but said that doesn’t make it right to steal from them.

“It’s in our driveway, it’s our car in our driveway, he walked onto our property to do this.” Sonya said.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to the Sellerses, and they’re not the only victims.  Just one day earlier, crooks broke into their Jeep and another car just down the street.

“You feel very violated,” Heath said.  “I worked for that, she worked for that, we paid for it and somebody else goes Christmas shopping on our dime.”

The couple believes Fort Worth Police aren’t doing enough to stop the burglaries.

But the detective who’s investigating the case just received it Tuesday morning, said Fort Worth Police Sgt. Pedro Criado.

“This is an open investigation that is in its preliminary stages and will be investigated by an East Division detective,” Sgt. Criado said. “Please keep in mind that the holiday season is upon us and locking your car will help increase your odds of avoiding auto theft or burglary.”

Police also encourage people to remove all valuables from their cars before leaving them unattended.

The Sellerses are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

“How dare you think you can come here do this and get away with it?” Sonya asked.

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