Guns, computers, game console taken in string of Raleigh break-ins
Posted May 21
Raleigh, N.C. — Guns, gaming systems and laptop computers were among the items stolen from homes in Raleigh’s Southpark neighborhood during a burglary spree last week.
On May 15, a MacBook Pro, valued at $1,300, was taken from a home in the 300 block of Worth Street just before 2 p.m. and several guns were stolen from a home in the 400 block of Worth Street at about 5:10 p.m.
On May 17, an $800 watch and an Xbox One game console were stolen from a home in the 300 block of Bledsoe Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. and a MacBook laptop and airsoft shotgun were taken from a home in the 400 block of Greene Lane at about 5 p.m.
Several residents who were targeted or live near a home that was the target of one of the burglaries said they believe the crimes are the work of a group of teens or young adults.
Many victims said they walked in on the burglars in their homes or were in the home sleeping during the thefts and broken windows appeared to be a common entry method for the burglars.
“They had come in the side window and I think the alarm kind of spooked them. They grabbed whatever they could. They grabbed a MacBook and an old phone,” victim James Sutton said. “I think that it’s some kids who are maybe misguided in some way and I’m just praying that they get caught before something violent happens.”
Most residents said there is no persistent pattern of crime in the neighborhood. One neighbor said the break-ins are uncharacteristic of the neighborhood and she is concerned for her physical safety.
“For me to be in that house alone, you know, if somebody breaks in, I have no idea how to protect myself,” she said.
Sutton, who has lived in the Southpark neighborhood for 12 years, said he believes there is an evolution in the area that may have contributed to the recent crime spree.
“I think the fact that the neighborhood has changed. There’s probably more in the neighborhood that burglars might target. I don’t know that these burglars are necessarily being that thoughtful, but yeah, the evolution of the neighborhood could certainly be a factor,” he said.
The resident who had several guns stolen said he has been checking pawn shops but has been unable to locate the weapons. He said he returned home while the burglars were in his home and saw what looked like two young men run off.
Police are working to determine if the break-ins are connected.