Thieves target well-hidden homes in Town and Country subdivisions

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by Lindsay Bramson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 9:46 PM

 (KMOV) --News 4 has uncovered a crime trend playing out in Town and County.

Burglars, more than once are busting into homes at the end of cul-de-sacs; those streets that only have one way in and one way out.

 The most recent break-in was on Tuesday night on Brighten Woods Drive. Now police have beefed up patrols by putting extra officers in certain neighborhoods.

“I am concerned because my children are here, home alone during the day a lot and we’re at the bottom of a cul-de-sac where it’s dark out and they’re breaking in even when we have burglar alarms on.” Beth King lives at the bottom of a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood just down the street from the latest break in.

 Its houses like hers these criminals are after. She said, “I know someone in our neighborhood was broken into and the burglar alarm went off but by the time police came they’d already ransacked the bedroom and taken jewelry.”

Police say the latest victims weren’t home when the burglars kicked in a back door and ransacked their master bedroom; getting away with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

Lt. Bob Arthur with Town and Country Police says, “It appears they are doing their homework and the type of entry into the house, the time frames we’re dealing with all are similar in nature.”

Last month, several other houses were broken into not far from this one. Those homes are also at the end of cul-de-sacs hidden by bushes.

Lt. Arthur says, “Right now it’s been property crimes and hopefully it stays that way but we want be able to catch them and put a stop to this. Town and Country is safe and we’re doing our best to maintain that.”

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