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Rash of burglaries hits established Sacramento neighborhoods

One or more burglary crews is likely responsible for a rash of thefts in Land Park, Pocket, Greenhaven and Curtis Park. Pictured here is Land Park.
One or more burglary crews is likely responsible for a rash of thefts in Land Park, Pocket, Greenhaven and Curtis Park. Pictured here is Land Park. Sacramento Bee file photo

A concentrated effort by one or more burglary crews is likely responsible for a rash of thefts in Land Park, Pocket, Greenhaven and Curtis Park that prompted residents to seek help from a city councilman.

In response, a June 12 community meeting has been set with the Sacramento Police Department, and officials may consider moving mobile surveillance camera systems into the affected neighborhoods, said District 5 Councilman Jay Schenirer, who represents most of the neighborhoods and who received multiple complaints about the crimes.

Since May 25, roughly 19 burglaries have taken place, according to Sgt. Doug Morse, a department spokesman. He said the spike was likely caused by one or more burglary crews working in the communities. He noted that residential burglaries citywide are down nearly 4 percent to date, with 882 burglaries occurring so far in 2015 versus 917 during the same period of 2014.

The recent burglaries happened between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to police.

“We had this little spike in one area,” Morse said. “We’re trying to get ahead of a potential rise.”

Police this week sent alerts via phone and email to residents warning them about the burglaries. The department also provided a list of crime-reduction tips to residents, advising them, among other things, to get home alarms and lock doors and windows, no matter how short the trip away from home.

For weeks, neighbors in the areas have taken to the website Nextdoor.com to share stories of property thefts, vandalized cars and attempted home and garage break-ins.

Jessica Gonzalez of Curtis Park said on the website that someone broke into her backyard last week to steal a lawnmower.

“It is scary that someone walked through my yard while I was sleeping,” Gonzalez said.

Schenirer said police should consider using mobile surveillance systems, which have had success in other neighborhoods.

“We have to look at it from a number of different angles,” the councilman said. “We need to really think about the neighborhood – how we can support each other.”

The string of crimes has also affected Schenirer. Several times last week, someone went through his 2003 Honda Pilot, which was left unlocked because of a car alarm problem, the councilman said.

“The door would be partly open or the glove compartment would be open,” said Schenirer, who has since fixed the alarm and now keeps the vehicle locked.

If you go

Police will hold a community meeting to address the burglaries

  • When: 5 p.m. June 12
  • Where: The Coffee Garden, 2904 Franklin Blvd.
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