Windows shot out in Cinco Ranch area

Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:59:11 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 10:56:01 PM CST
KATY, Texas -

Deputies are trying to find the person who has shot out windows of homes in the Cinco Ranch area.

Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies said the shooter, who is using a pellet gun, targeted at least four homes on Wednesday night.

The first incidents happened about 7:15 p.m.  A back window was shot out at a home in the 5200 block of Winding Shore Lane and a bathroom window was shot out in the 5200 block of Clear Water Drive, investigators said.

"It's frustrating," homeowner Neal Woods said. "The first thing I thought of was glad no one else was home ... no one was in the bathroom."

About 30 minutes later, a two women and twin children were in their living room in the 3200 block of Banksfield Court when their living room window was shot out, detectives said.

"All of a sudden we heard this loud noise, a pop," said Linda Deffet. "My daughter said, 'What was that?' I said 'gun.' One of the twins said 'tornado,' another said 'fire cracker.'"

It turned out to be a shot from a pellet gun.

"We found it embedded in the door," Deffet said.

Another woman said she heard a loud noise at her home in the 3000 block of Winding Shore Lane at about 9:15 p.m. She noticed the back window of her home had been shot out.  She said she heard a loud vehicle leaving the area.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents.

"I understand mischief, but I don't think (the shooter) realizes there's a lot more risk than breaking a window," Woods said.

Rikki Latorre said she can't walk through her house with the same peace of mind she used to have after being the victim of burglars.

Latorre said while she was out of town, her husband pulled up to their Quiet Lake Drive home after work to find the mess left by burglars. She said thieves smashed out a back door and took their television, computer, her husband's wedding band and thousands of dollars worth of her jewelry.

"It was just horrifying when you come home and there's just broken glass everywhere," said Latorre, "to know that someone was in your house and touching your things and you'll never get those possessions back."

Deputies say thieves are usually breaking windows or doors at the back of homes on Queensfield Court, Hazel Ranch Drive, Saddlebrook Lane, Summer Walk Lane, Everhart Manor, Rising Meadow Lane and more. The burglars steal cash, electronics, jewelry and guns.

Investigators said they haven't tied these crimes to any suspects, but they caution residents to be on the guard. Investigators also offer the following safety tips:?

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Bend Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.