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Burglars Ransack Several Homes in Northeast Raleigh

Posted April 4, 2007 9:39 p.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2007 10:46 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police say eight homes in northeast Raleigh have been broken into and ransacked in the past three weeks.

"They stole all of our movies and our CD's and they stole all of our money," said Kaya Nicklow, 5, who learned a hard lesson when her home was burglarized last Friday.

"When I walked in the room and saw everything scattered and the back door open, then I realized that we had been robbed,” said Kaya’s father Antares Nicklow.

There are still marks on the door where the burglars broke in. And they're not alone. A house on Englefield Drive, a two-story home on Farmington Grove Drive and another one on Brimfield Drive were also targeted in recent weeks by burglars.

"Even their underwear drawers were upside down and emptied,” said Amanda Nicklow, Kaya’s mother. “Knowing someone had their hands on our 5- and 3-year-old’s underwear, we lost it."

The Nicklow family said the thieves got away with a video camera and digital camera with irreplaceable memories of their two girls, prescription medication and a special coin collection that can't be replaced.

"My dad was in the military and went to many places and brought them back for me, so that had a lot of sentimental value,” Amanda Nicklow said.

The Nicklow’s neighbors said the string of burglaries is plain scary.

“I'm telling my husband, ‘Be sure and lock everything when you walk out the door,’” said neighbor Tracey Tabor. “I mean, automatically you get concerned.”

Raleigh police warned homeowners to keep their eyes open for anything suspicious and to call 911 if they see any unusual activity. Also, anyone who comes home and finds that they've been burglarized should never assume the suspect is out of the house. Police advised them to leave immediately and call police.