Thieves targeting Southeast Austin homes for burglary

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Homeowners in a Southeast Austin neighborhood are keeping a watchful eye on their homes after several were burglarized in the past week.

Austin police say the suspects have gotten away with electronics such as large screen televisions, laptops, tablets and game consoles.

Investigators say the suspects are targeting the homes during the day and getting through windows.

Simon Chun came home to find a mess in his bedroom. He knew something wasn’t right when the backdoor he knew he closed was found open. Chun says some uninvited guests were broke into the house while he and his roommate were at work. The thieves got away with more than $3,000 worth of electronics.

“They went through all my clothes and boxes,” Chun said. They took an Xbox, PlayStation 4, large television, iPad, and GoPro camera. “I feel pretty unsafe living in the neighborhood. I thought it was just us,” said Chun.

Turns out, crooks burglarized at least four homes on Viewpoint Drive in the last 10 days during the day. Investigators said the thieves, who are believed to be teenagers are getting in through side windows; some which may have been left unlocked.

“It was kind of shocking,” said Chun’s roommate, Peter. “Everything electronic was stolen.”

“It makes you a little more suspicious just in general when you see cars going slow or people walking around you just pay more attention,” said Melissa Etheridge, who lives down the street.

Austin police say they’ve increased patrols in the area but in the meantime they’re asking people who live here to write down the serial numbers on their electronics so they are easier to track down.

Police are talking to witnesses but don’t yet have anyone in custody.

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