SOUTHLAKE (CBS11) – They are burglaries targeting parents during their busy morning routine.READ MORE: COVID-19 Booster Shot Not Yet FDA-Authorized, But Some Not Waiting
A string of thefts from vehicles has been plaguing Southlake this year, and their latest spot, shows just how brazen they are.
The most recent burglary happened while CBS 11 was covering the story outside of the post office. But their target spot three times this week alone has been daycare centers.
Her car window shattered, her purse gone. As surveillance video shows, Geeta Saxena was only gone for a few seconds while dropping off her son at daycare at The Goddard School.
“I was like, geez, how could I leave my bag, and who would do that?” she says.
She left her purse because her hands were full. Southlake Police say that’s what thieves are counting on when they prey on daycares.
“It’s an area that they look at because they know parents are busy. They’re in a hurry to drop their kids off,” says Lt. Randy Thomas with the Southlake Police Department.
Thieves also hit Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool last Friday and this Thursday. Also restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods, a total of around 30 times this year so far.
In some cases, vehicles are unlocked. Others are smash and grabs.READ MORE: North Texas School Districts Grapple With Learning Loss And Keeping Teachers, Students From Getting COVID-19
“If something’s in plain view, they’re going to either try your door handle to see if it’s unlocked, or they’re going to break your window, and they’re going to be done within five seconds,” Lt. Thomas says.
Police think the thieves may be from out of town.
For Saxena, it’s not what happened but where that is most troubling.
“It was just a few moments when I was just walking out. If he could just walk to my car, which was parked right outside the school building, if he could just take two more steps, he could be inside the school,” she says.
She says she normally never leaves valuables in her car – and never will again.
“It’s really a scary feeling for a mom that one day you make a mistake and you’re busted,” she says.
Police think all of these thefts are related.
They have increased patrols at daycares all throughout Southlake.MORE NEWS: Dwindling Number Of 911 Call-Takers Has Fort Worth Looking For Solutions
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