PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A family who had more than $12,000 in jewelry stolen in a burglary attended Wednesday night’s crime prevention meeting in Plano.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Shot To Death Outside Hurricane Harbor In Arlington
Still reeling from the Christmas day theft, they joined an overflow crowd at City Hall.
“It’s scary, it’s something that’s never happened to Plano before,” said burglary victim Lillian Stankunas.
Stankunas and her husband are among 20 victims of an intruder who is still on the loose despite the arrests of four other burglars in recent weeks.
Officers told residents that the skyrocketing price of gold is motivating criminals who can convert jewelry into quick cash.
“Somebody can hit a lot of houses in a short period of time because the property they’re after,” a police officer told CBS 11 News.READ MORE: Community Groups Want To Help Reduce Violent Crime In Dallas
Homeowners were encouraged at the meeting to buy extra locks and security cameras, something resident Frank Heiden just ordered to protect his home.
“My wife and I are getting in the elderly age were probably prime candidates for it,” said Heiden.
Some homeowners who have spent money on extra security only to be victimized anyway are at a loss about what to do.
“I’ve taken all the precautions I can,” one frustrated resident said. “We’ve lived here thirty something years and never had an incident like that.”
Police also encouraged people to sign up for a program allowing them to access their home security cameras. The program has grown from 60 to 150 homeowners in January 2015 alone.
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