Residents worried after rash of home break-ins

Police now beefing up patrols

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

CLEAR LAKE, Texas - Houston Police in Clear Lake are stepping up patrols and even putting undercover officers on the streets hoping to catch the criminals who have been breaking into homes. 

Nearly 40 homes have been burglarized in just one month.

"Oh, I'm very rattled," said one victim who asked not be identified because the men who broke into her home haven't been caught.

What's even more frightening is that she, and her husband, came home and interrupted the intruders.  They live in the Brooke Forest neighborhood. 

"On their way out they knocked me down on the concrete," she said.

"Two men came running out with a sheet with all of the loot in it," said her husband. 

Two suspects went into the home and stole jewelry and an iPad, they ran out a backdoor and hopped into a car that was waiting a few doors down.  A third suspect was the get-a-way driver. 

The couple didn't get a good look at the men or the car, but believe they were driving a champagne colored Ford sedan with paper tags. 

Police think the string of burglaries may be the work of several groups and that they may not be connected.  All of the crimes are happening during the day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Residents are being told to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.   Houston police didn't give specific addresses of where the latest crimes occurred but they did say people on Craighurst Drive, Scenic Elm Street and Ledgestone have been broken into. 

"Tell everyone, tell all of your neighbors to be very, very careful, be observant, notice anything suspicious or any unusual car on your street."

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