The Harker Heights Police Department reported nearly a dozen thefts throughout the city in the past week, which could be the result of spring break.
“It’s sometimes due to kids being out of school and people not noticing suspicious things as much because the kids have a later curfew,” Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson Jr. said.
Some of the thefts were planned, while most were just crimes of opportunity, he said.
The first couple of thefts were reported in the 2000 block of Heights Drive around 11 a.m. March 13 when suspects fled from a gas station after pumping about $100 in gas and others made off with a television set. The next theft was reported at 7 p.m. March 14 in the 600 block of Indian Trail when several hundred dollars were reported stolen. An air conditioner was reported stolen at 10 a.m. March 15 from the 100 block of Ball Road.
Suspects stole cases of beer shortly after midnight March 16 in the 500 block of East Farm-to-Market 2410, Wilson said.
“The beer theft was planned — which is what we call a beer run,” he said. “The rest of them look like thefts of opportunity.”
Police noticed an increase in wooden furniture thefts. Suspects took a wooden rocking chair and table from a residence in the 100 block of Evergreen Drive sometime between March 16 and 18.
“Unfortunately, the residents were not home,” he said. “It does have a market value and people will steal it if they get the chance.”
Several thousand dollars were stolen sometime March 17-18 in the 1700 block of Comanche Drive, and a leaf blower was reported stolen around 2 p.m. March 18 from the 1500 block of East Farm-to-Market 2410. Cash also was reported stolen around 9 a.m. March 17 in the 400 block of Indian Trail.
Wilson urged the community to immediately report all suspicious activity.
“Just call it in and get a good description of the suspect,” he said. “Stay inside and where you can see them and relay all information to the police, and don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation.”