A warning to all Lubbock car owners, police are reporting a number of auto burglaries in the Tech Terrace area, Southwest and the Northwest part of the city.
This week residents at the Enclave Apartments found a letter on their cars. It warns of recent auto burglaries and gives tips to protect vehicles and belongings inside. Moreover, it's a crime that police say is happening across Lubbock, which for one woman happened in just minutes, on her lunch break and in broad daylight.
Natalie Warren has done it a number of times, drive to her South Lubbock home, park halfway in her garage and briefly leave her keys inside her black Tahoe.
"I have done it a million times, run in my house and especially the neighborhood I'm in and where I work. I would have never thought this would have happened." Warren said.
However, what happened took only minutes as Warren ran inside to get the dogs.
"I was walking back here and had my back faced this way and was going to put the leashes on them and that's when I heard my car start up. It was literality right behind me," Warren added.
Warren says she saw a man driving off in her black Tahoe. Her purse, iPhone and garage door opener were inside. Lubbock Police say thieves look for opportunities like this one.
Property Crimes Detective, Les Melugin said, "Break a window, someone leaves their door open or something like that and generally what they're looking for is something quick and easy to take, like CD's you know or a purse especially."
In Warren's case, this left her without not only her purse but also her planner and Ph.D. dissertation.
"This is something I never thought would happen to me and in the middle of the broad daylight. So it can happen anytime," Warren said.
Warren tells us Lubbock Police and On-Star helped locate her vehicle but the valuables were gone.
Police say when leaving your vehicle remember to always lock your doors, park close to your location and under lights when possible. And most importantly don't leave your purse, wallet or anything you value inside.
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