Lubbock Teen Accused of Multiple Burglaries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/05

Lubbock Teen Accused of Multiple Burglaries

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A Lubbock teen is held on $300,000 bond, accused of a string of burglaries that started last summer. The Lubbock District Attorney's office says 18-year-old Miguel Tijerina admitted to more than 60 robberies and has been linked to about 55. Most of the burglaries took place in the Tech Terrace area of town.

The rash of robberies has frightened many a resident in Tech Terrace. Tijerina Allegedly went into homes in broad daylight, taking TV's, computers, Ipod's... and leaving dozens of residents feeling violated. Hallie Durham says, "I just peeked in and saw our whole house had been ran-sacked and everything was gone."

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In January, Tijerina allegedly entered Hallie and Andrew Durham's Tech Terrace home, rifled through all the fraternal twins' belongings, and their roommate's, took what he wanted and locked the door chain inside." Hallie recalls, "I couldn't get in the house so that really scared me." Her brother Andrew says it was a, "really weird feeling. I was just angry. My roommate and I were extremely angry."

The burglar entered through the backyard, past the neighborhood watch sign, and knocked the back door in sometime between 9 a.m. and noon. Baxter, the family dog, was even home at the time. Blocks away, Border Collie Axle was guarding Travis Barber's home, but Tijerina allegedly struck his home too. Barber says, "I came home at six and came in and all the cushions on the couch were turned up and off the couch, so I immediately knew someone was here."

This time the back fence was locked, but the burglar jumped it, entered through a back window and shimmied through a small computer desk shelf. Barber recalls, "I was comfortable here for three months and everything was locked up tight and I felt comfortable until that day."

Barber, and Hallie and Andrew know of several neighbors who have either been robbed or spotted thieves in their yards recently. They hope with Miguel Tijerina in police custody, their neighborhood will be a little safer. Andrew says, "I think it's great. I hope he's behind bars for a while."

The folks in Tech Terrace may be able to rest a little easier, but police remind everyone to always take precautions. A simple gate lock can help deter a thief. Although it didn't work for the Durham's or Barber, having a dog in the backyard sometimes deters thieves. Also, install an alarm system and advertise it with signs and install motion sensored outdoor lighting.

Inside the house, it's always a good idea to have a solid four inch dead bolt and keep an inventory of all your belongings, including brands, models and serial numbers.

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