_From KXAN - Burglars hit homes in Northeast Austin
Men park in driveways, rob homes
Updated: Friday, 09 Mar 2012, 9:46 PM CST
Published : Friday, 09 Mar 2012, 9:45 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police said burglars are targeting homes in the 78753 neighborhoods in Northeast Austin.
In Pioneer Crossing, six homes were burglarized in February alone. The neighborhood of 1,000 homes usually averages one home burglary a month.
"You like to think you live in a safe neighborhood and when that starts going on it really does scare you," said Billie Buttles, who lives in the neighborhood. "Several times they've tried to break in at night when people were at home and that's really scary."
Many of the burglaries are taking place during the day, usually between 9 and 11 a.m., when most people are at work.
Through the Citizen Observer website, Austin police put out a warning to people who live in the neighborhoods to be on the lookout for two men who are backing their car in to driveways, jumping fences, and forcing their way in to homes through locked back doors.
Buttles and 15 other volunteers have started a neighborhood watch patrol group and they try to patrol their neighborhood regularly. If the volunteers see anything suspicious, they call 911 or 311.
"I feel like we're probably not going to catch anybody breaking in to a home- but at least if they're out casing the neighborhood- if they continually see our cars out- they know that we're out there watching," said Buttles.
Police said the suspects are 2-3 men in their 20s and have been seen driving a red 90s model Toyota or Honda sedan.