We’re not sure if Highland Park residents leave their vehicles unlocked more than people do in other places, but we do know it happens often in the town, and criminals take advantage of that fact. Just last week, burglars waltzed right into cars, trucks, and SUVs in Highland Park and helped themselves to the following items:
- A $150 black leather bag containing legal documents was stolen from a pewter 2007 Mercedes E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue between 4:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5:50 a.m. on May 5.
- A $300 pair of sunglasses and a pink makeup bag that contained $30 in cash were stolen from a silver 2011 Infiniti QX5 in the 4600 block of South Versailles Avenue between 8 p.m. on May 4 and 7:30 a.m. on May 5.
- About $60 worth of CDs, $50 in cash, a $40 pair of Toms shoes, and a $30 pair of Rainbow flip-flops were stolen from a gray 2012 BMW X5 in the 4600 block of Edmondson Avenue between 9 p.m. on May 7 and 8:30 a.m. on May 8.
- A $400 pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, a $90 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and $2 in change were stolen from a bronze 2011 Ford F150 King Ranch in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue between 8:30 p.m. on May 9 and 7:30 a.m. on May 10.
Of course, Highland Park was the not only desirable area where there were some notable burglaries last week.
LAKE HIGHLANDS: Between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 5, a burglar kicked in the back door of a house in the 9500 block of Tarleton Street. Among the stolen items were a $6,000 Cartier bracelet, a $2,000 Mac Airbook, and a $600 Tiffany Open Heart pendant. To add insult to injury, the burglar also used a laundry basket to carry the loot, after dumping the victim’s clothes in the yard.
MIDWAY HOLLOW: Between 11 a.m. on May 5 and 3 a.m. on May 6, a burglar entered a house in the 4000 block of Beechwood Lane through the back door and stole a $7,000 stamp collection, a $1,200 Dell laptop, a green 1997 Oldsmobile valued at $1,000, and two Remington shotguns with a combined value of $800.
NORTHEAST DALLAS: Between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 7, a burglar broke into a house in the 6300 block of Crestmont Drive by forcing open the rear fence gate and the back door. The thief got away with $900 worth of jewelry and a $700 flat-screen TV.
OAK LAWN: Between 8:10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on May 7, a burglar kicked in the front door of a duplex in the 4500 block of Gilbert Avenue and stole a $2,000 Martin acoustic guitar, a $600 Baylor ring made of white gold, a $500 Ruger .380-caliber pistol, and a $200 Wii game console. The burglar presumably carried all of this loot away in a $25 Nike gym bag that was also stolen.
LAKEWOOD: Between 10:30 p.m. on May 10 and 8:30 a.m. on May 11, a burglar pried his way into a detached garage in the 6700 block of Gaston Avenue and stole a $1,500 Cannondale bicycle, a $350 Delta saw, and a $250 Makita saw.