Neighborhood shaken by daytime crimes

May 6, 2009 8:19:25 PM PDT
A crime spree in Raleigh's Five Points Neighborhood has residents in the area on high alert.An unknown neighbor has posted flyers outlining the type of burglaries and places where they've happened over the past month and the list is extensive.

Resident Ilina Ewen works from home during daytime hours, the same time most of the burglaries have happened.

"It's not like in the movies where you see somebody with the black gloves and a mask burglarizing your home at night," Ewen said. "It's happening when we're home, when we're out and about in our yard. I might be in my garden and not know that someone slipped in the front door."

Ewen and dozens of her neighbors have worried since it began in April.

"I just don't like living paranoid," she said.

The crimes have been happening around two dozen roads including Dale Street, Bickett Boulevard and Whitaker Mill, Georgetown Road and new roads have collectively seen more than a dozen burglaries.

No one's been injured, but residents say thieves have made off with electronics ranging from flat screens TVs to laptops, some by forcing their way through lock doors, breaking windows or simply coming through an unlocked entry.

"We now have to keep our windows closed and locked all day long which of course this time of year is a disappointment," concerned resident Susan Murphy said.

It's prompted e-mail alerts from the community watch group and flyers from an anonymous residents warning people what to do in case they see or hear anything suspicious.

"I think it would be helpful to have an even bigger sense of community than we already have where we know each other," Ewen said.

Police haven't officially linked the crimes, but say they are similar in nature and geography.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call Raleigh police.


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