EULESS (CBSDFW.COM) – Visitors to the Bear Creek Dog Park are returning to their cars to find an unpleasant surprise.

According to police reports, there have been seven car break-ins in the parking lot across from the dog park, just off 360 and 183 in Euless, in the last five weeks.

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All the reported break-ins occurred on Sundays, which is one of the busiest days at the park.

One of the latest victims, Maria Bonkowski, brings her dog Monty to the dog park several times a week. When she returned to her car last Sunday, she found glass scattered everywhere.

“My window had been smashed in and my purse was taken,” said Bonkowski.

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She also noticed that the thieves took off with valuables from two other cars.

“You feel invaded. You feel violated. It’s what people have taken from us,” she described. “The trust, the feeling of security in your neighborhood, and your community.”

Nearly all of the victims, including Bonkowski, made the crucial mistake of leaving a purse or bag in plain view. She admits she should have known better. But she questions why police haven’t alerted residents about the rash of recent break-ins.

“I was just as mad at myself. But, on the other hand, we should have been notified. Everyone who comes to this park should be aware that something is going on at this park.”

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