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Neighbors on alert after Brier Creek break-ins

Posted March 17, 2013

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— Neighbors in Raleigh's Brier Creek Country Club community are on alert after at least 11 homes were burglarized in recent months, according to police reports.

Resident Steve Pladna said Sunday that, though most of the crimes remain unsolved, he believes police are doing the best they can do.

"When we first moved here in 2008, there had been a rash of break-ins and then they kind of dissipated. So, I think what happens is areas like this get targeted," Pladna said. "Guys come in and then when it gets too hot to handle, they go somewhere else. Then, in another five years, they'll be back here again."

Police records show the most recent break-in was last Sunday around 4 p.m. The homeowners had gone for a 45-minute walk when the burglars kicked in the screened porch door. 

It's hard to identify a pattern because the break-ins have occurred in the morning, afternoon and night, police said. But, in most cases, the burglars break in through the back of the house.

Steve Pladna Break-ins leave Brier Creek residents on alert

No residents have been home during any of the reported crimes. 

Pladna said he's concerned, but not worried.

"I don't worry about it. I can sleep at night – with my alarm on," he said.

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  • JDAmbrosio Mar 19, 2:48 p.m.

    Look to the 15-23yr old boys in the neighborhood. The most likely age for burglars? 17-19yr old boys. Ask any claims rep for homeowners insurance companies...!

  • lighter22 Mar 19, 12:39 p.m.

    They are left on the streets because there is no proof. The citizen has an obligation to protect his own property.
    You argue back and forth for the next 10 years but any law enforcement officer will tell you the best thing you can do is a security system. Not only will it protect your stuff but your family as well. Law enforcement will also tell you that what is catching most of these people these days is cameras. Been a bunch of thieves caught with nothing more then trail cams hunters use.
    Open your eyes and look around you. Look at the national economy. Look at the debt. We aint seen nothing yet. This stuff is only going to get worse. You have a president that has divided the country racially, economically, and socially. Pitted the poor against the "rich". This is only the beginning. I'm glad I live WAAAAAAYYYYYY out in the sticks. The cities will suffer greatest.

  • Relic Mar 19, 11:53 a.m.

    "If they know who they are then why do they leave them on the streets to steal our valuables?"

    Because "knowing" and "proving" in court are two different things. Cops just don't "leave" crooks on the street. That's what courts do.

  • Gatsby Mar 19, 9:00 a.m.

    If they know who they are then why do they leave them on the streets to steal our valuables?

  • lighter22 Mar 19, 8:16 a.m.

    You would be surprised at what local law enforcement actually knows about who is doing what in a community. They know who the players are. They know who is doing the stealing and who is doing the buying. It's part of their job. What will catch these guys is an alarm system and or cameras. Alarms systems are cheap. They have to be caught in the act. If you can afford a single wide you can afford an alarm system. Tiger Direct has a 4 camera setup with DVR and 40' IR(night time capability) for around 250. Not the best cameras in the world but good enough to get a facial on who is kicking your door in. A firearm is a self defense weapon. You aren't going to prevent burglaries with a firearm until they already in progress that is if the dude aint standing over your bed while you sleep. The idea is to take your house out of the easy pickings list. Too many houses without alarms out there. Those are primarily the ones that get hit. The fire part of an alarm system is golden in itself.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Mar 18, 6:54 p.m.

    Scary. I have dogs at home and while I'm gone during the day, I worry about someone breaking in and hurting them or taking them. Not every burglar that breaks into a house is going to hurt the pets they encounter, but there are those few who do!

    Beth

  • I Carry even in Cary Mar 18, 3:46 p.m.

    I sleep with no alarm but a loaded .45 instead

  • Gatsby Mar 18, 2:04 p.m.

    rargos...Did you know they (criminals) are drawn to culdesac's? They know they back up to woods and in most cases are secluded. A burglars dream and easy pickings. You are also correct about not being shy or even "polite" when vehicles are wearing the turn radius out in your culdesac. Its very likely a certain % of those vehicles are counting cars in the driveways and making notes.

    Thanks Heelsgirl05...I believe this gang understands the laws also (probably have been arrested) and know how to get off easy. I also think the minute your stuff leaves your house its on the way out of Raleigh and most probably being exchanged for stolen goods from somewhere else. Going to pawn shops or searching Craigslist around here is futile. Just another signal these guys are semi-pro.

  • heelsgirl05 Mar 18, 1:43 p.m.

    Gatsby, you are right. Most robbers do operate during the day since people are at work. If they do break in and there are people there (I.e at night) it is a more severe charge when they get arrested because the risk for injury is higher. I think the charge goes from breaking and entering to robbery (or something like that).

  • rargos Mar 18, 1:38 p.m.

    "Here's a clue, its someone in the neighborhood that knows when people are gone."

    Not necessarily. We live on a cul-de-sac and have people regularly turn into the street, drive all the way down, turn around in the cul-de-sac, and drive right back out again. They're obviously casing the neighborhood and trying to determine patterns of when people are home.

    Whenever I see this happening I make it a point to pull out my cell phone camera and take a picture of the car. If they see me taking a picture, so much the better.

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