Crime spike reported in 'safe' community

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office: At least 24 crimes reported in New Territory in recent days

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A popular Fort Bend County subdivision has been attracting crooks, authorities say.

From home burglaries to car break-ins, deputies say they're receiving dozens of reports in the New Territory area.

Residents are on high alert after learning about or experiencing the rash of burglaries firsthand.

"Knowing that you are asleep and somebody is on your property, that is a little bit nerve-racking," said resident Melissa Alvarez.

Alvarez lives in the New Territory subdivision and said many of her neighbors have been burglarized in the last week.

"We think of this neighborhood as really safe and family-friendly, so when something like this happens, it is really scary," said Alvarez.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in solving the string of crimes. They're bringing attention to photos taken from surveillance footage, which are said to show a person of interest who was spotted breaking into the Club House at New Territory on March 26.

Officials said this person could have been involved in as many as 24 crimes between March 25th and 30th.

On Saturday alone, officials say 18 cases of car and home break-ins, as well criminal trespass cases, were reported by residents in this neighborhood. Detectives say another six car burglaries occurred three days earlier.

"Property taken is mostly minor property. The highest value stuff is Garmin GPS devices, radar detectors. Beer was taken from the garage of one house and other things that tend to indicate that it may be juveniles or neighborhood kids," said Williams.

Officials say the vehicles and garages were unlocked in most cases.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to the capture of any of the suspects involved in the burglaries.

Anyone who recognizes the person in the surveillance photos is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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