Posted: Oct 8, 2012 6:41 PM by Mia Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 9, 2012 3:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Some folks are a little on edge tonight after a recent string of burglaries on the island and are thinking about taking matters into their own hands.
Tyler Pencek a nearby resident says, "It's a pretty peaceful community. I wouldn't want to live anywhere where you have to lock your doors."
Brian Tumlinson agrees, "Usually you can walk round and leave your homes unlocked and not have to worry."
But after eight burglaries that happened in the area last week, they have had to start locking up.
Police believe they may have caught the burglars in action when an officer found two people coming out of a home on Cutlass Avenue.
A 16 year old boy got into a fight with an officer, and then took off on foot to Seamount Cay off of Gypsy. Once there, police say he broke into a townhouse, and it took the help of K9 dogs to find him and take him into custody.
His alleged female accomplice was able to get away in a champagne colored jeep.
Residents stood by and applauded police for catching one of the suspects. But even with today's arrest, some in the area say they are still scared.
Michelle and John Gouin live just next door to a home that was broken into.
John says, "You have that fear now in you that it's going to happen to you. That you're going to get violated. I mean it happened right next door."
His wife, Michelle, agrees, "I called the police actually and said I volunteered our home to start up a neighborhood watch. I said whatever it takes."
Other neighbors, like Tumlinson are on board with the idea, "It would be a good idea to keep informed with the neighbors what's going on and what we should do about it."
Maybeth Christensen with the Padre Isle Property Association also had some words of advice besides just being on the lookout. She says to hide your belongings, and make sure you lock up.
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