Leisurely burglars are spending hours or days in some Dallas residences, eating food, methodically sorting through drawers and closets, and stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothes, shoes, electronics, jewelry and handbags, police tell the Dallas Morning News. Investigators believe the same prowlers could be behind a string of at least 19 burglaries since April in the heart of a neighborhood known for comfortable living.
In each case, someone drilled a hole in the door or lock to enter the apartment or condo when the residents were away for a few hours or several days. Crime in the Uptown area is down in almost every category except residential burglaries, where there have been 76 so far this year compared with 38 at the same time last year. One resident returned after a July 4 getaway to discover the markings of a crime as she approached her apartment door. “I saw in fact the hole above the lock and sort of instantly had a sinking feeling,” she said. Whoever broke into the apartment she’s called home for two years made themselves right at home. They drank a pitcher of iced tea, ate some nuts, even feasted on Hot Pockets. They also took clothing, jewelry, her laptop computer, and her BlackBerry, among other things, The victim suspects the growing pile of newspapers outside her door may have tipped off the burglar to her absence.