Tillicum and Woodbrook suffered 14 burglaries in August 2008 compared to 7 burgs in August 2007. Most of these have been daylight burgs, after the resident has left. It looks like the houses are being watched and the suspects know the victims schedules and habits. Many of the burgs took place within very short windows of 20 minutes or so. The main items stolen are electronics, flat panel TVs, Playstations, Xboxes, and computers.
Suspects are three or four black males, in their teens to 20s, possibly gang members. They often dress in dark baggy shorts, and oversize red athletic jerseys. They are most likely local Tillicum residents. Some witnesses report seeing one male knock at doors of empty houses and when there is no answer they either kick the front door or go around to the back. If anyone answers the door, the suspects claim to be looking for someone who does not live there. Unfortunately these witnesses often report this after the fact instead of dialing 911 when they see it happening.
Burglary is one of the hardest crimes to solve because there is seldom any recoverable evidence or witnesses. We have recovered some shoeprints, and one or two partial fingerprints which are being reviewed. The best tool we have against burglaries is YOU. If you see anything that does not look right, report it to 911. Please get as much detail as possible for suspect or vehicle descriptions. Keep a pen and paper by the window so you can write notes of what you see, age, sex, race, clothing on persons and license number, color, make, model, year, type of vehicle, 4-door, SUV, station wagon, etc of vehicles. The direction of travel if they leave can really help the responding officers know where to look. It is okay to say heading towards the city or from the park towards the freeway, we will get the idea.
Please be alert and call 911 right away if you see any suspicious or criminal activity. This can include, one or more unknown persons entering a neighbors back yard, anyone attempting to jimmy open a window or kick a door, someone carrying items such as a flat panel TV in the street. Be sure to always secure all doors and windows, and set your alarm if you have one. Get to know your neighbors, learn when their houses may be unoccupied so you will recognize unwanted visitors. Start a Block Watch. Above all, do not be afraid and do not hesitate to call 911 if you believe there is a problem. The police would rather respond for a false alarm than miss a chance to catch a burglar.
Keep alert, stay safe, and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Community Safety Officer
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