Garner creates task force following burglaries

Garner task force

July 6, 2011 4:30:03 PM PDT
Garner police are increasing their manpower in neighborhoods that have been targeted by thieves.

The latest break-in was in the Forest Hill community along Frances Drive.

Among the items stolen from her home are an Xbox, games and her wedding rings that were made in Ireland.

"It's just awful because you go out and work really hard and when you get back, you just can't get anything replaced like that," she said.

Thieves broke into her house around lunch time. Another neighbor spotted the burglars and fired his gun as they drove away.

Police Chief Brandon Zuidema says that's a bad idea.

"We certainly recommend people protect themselves, their lives, protect their family when necessary but the law does not allow and we do not recommend using deadly force to protect property," the Chief said.

"My only regret is that he didn't get one of them in the kneecap," Sarah said. "My husband and I went and purchased a shotgun because the next time they try to break into our house, we're going to get them."

Sarah's neighbor agress with her.

"Personally I'm sorry he missed," the neighbor said. "My thoughts are if it happens in my yard, I'm going to do the same thing."

Burglaries are up nearly 50 percent so far this year in Garner.

Police launched a task force Wednesday going door-to-door in the six neighborhoods that have been hit.

Those include Edgebrook, Forest Hills, Forest Landing, Heather Hills, Southview, and Staunton Meadows.

In the latest case, burglars opened a window and stole things that could be easily sold for cash. Garner police say that's the motive -- breaking in during the day when no one is home and stealing things that are out in the open.

Chief Zuidema wants Garner residents to know police have formed a task force to stop the break-ins.

Officers are asking people for help in reporting anyone and any car that looks suspicious. Grab the phone, not a gun and call police.

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