Earlier this month, several neighborhoods in the Copperas Cove area were hit with a string of car burglaries along the north part of town around Blanket Drive and the south part of town around Whirlaway Drive.
Joe Merryfield, a Whirlaway Drive resident, said the thefts were surprising.
“A buddy of mine had his (car) broken into and he lives up the street ... I think they were just going driveway to driveway checking the doors,” he said.
The thefts included items taken from 13 cars parked along streets in the area, many of which were left unlocked. Thieves stole bowling balls, business cards, jewelry, iPads, phone charges, sunglasses and welding equipment, among other things.
Merryfield said he believes the thieves broke into cars and just took whatever they could find.
Michelle Ramirez, who lives on Blanket Drive, said she had not seen anything suspicious lately either, although residents continue to park their cars along the street.
Ramirez said although she has not seen many police cars driving around the neighborhood, two policemen live on the street or nearby, so she feels relatively safe. Nonetheless, her family keeps their motorcycle near the house.
Since the incidents, which occurred April 17, 21 thefts and burglaries were reported in the Copperas Cove area.
The Copperas Cove Police Department was contacted multiple times for comment and did not respond.