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March 8th, 2011
Burglary spree targets student apartments, cars


San Marcos police are asking for residents’ help in stopping a rash of apartment and vehicle burglaries occurring in the last week.

Since Feb. 28, burglars have hit 22 vehicles and 17 apartments in San Marcos. Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity in apartment complexes and parking lots by calling 911 immediately.

“We have seen a sudden increase in burglaries,” Cmdr. Penny Dunn said. “Victims appear to be targeted because of unlocked doors or windows. Most vehicles that were burglarized were locked, but had valuables such as purses, computers or other electronics left on seats and visible from the outside.”

In one recent home burglary, a female resident at The Zone apartments on Aquarena Springs Drive was groped by the intruder when she left her door unlocked for her roommate who was working late. The suspects were described as a white male wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and a young Hispanic male.

Dunn said that all vehicles were entered through an unlocked door or by breaking a window. All of the apartment burglaries happened through unlocked windows or doors.

“Property crimes like these can be prevented by locking the doors and windows of your residence and by removing valuable possessions from a vehicle,” Dunn said.

The majority of victims were young adults either attending college or working locally. The burglaries have occurred across San Marcos, police said.

“We have seen apartments hit all over town. Young adults and college students are targeted for their electronic equipment such as phones, computers, video gaming systems, and for their tendency to leave their homes and vehicles unsecured,” she said.

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