Killian residents hit by car burglars

Killian residents hit by car burglars
Car burglaries (Source: WAFB)
Car burglaries (Source: WAFB)

KILLIAN, LA (WAFB) - People who live in a quiet community in Killian report a trio of thieves hit their cars in the middle of the night and got away with their belongings.

A few of the homeowners captured the crooks on home surveillance cameras.

Terry Harbor is a quiet waterfront subdivision where most people know their neighbors and they look out for them.

“You know we get a little complacent out here,” Michael Arnone said.

Michael Arnone's home sits along a calm Tickfaw River. People who live there said their little piece of paradise is hard to find.

“We're out in the sticks. You have to know where you're going when you come out here,” Arnone said.

Arnone and his neighbors were surprised when they said thieves found their way to their homes on August 6.

Arnone said he was fast asleep when, according to his surveillance camera, at 2:32 a.m. a car pulled in front of his house. It shows one guy getting out and checking the doors of Arnone's SUV. He peeks in, then goes back to talk to the others waiting in the car. In the video, you can see two guys go back to Arnone's truck while the driver continues down the street. In 33 seconds, Arnone said the thieves got away with $20 to $30 in change.

Arnone was one of six people Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill said was visited by thieves that night.

Surveillance video from Elvis Pennington's home shows one of the suspects rummage through the truck and walk away with what he said is hundreds of dollars worth of stereo equipment.

Chief Hill said officers patrol the marina frequently and while it is not typically a high crime area, residents can't be too careful.

“Lock your doors. Lock your house. If they break a window at least  they have to fight to get into what they want,” Hill said.

Residents said they are taking extra steps to protect their property. But they are also hoping someone will recognize even one of the people who stole from them so they can sleep a little better at night.

Chief Hill believes the suspects might be riding around in a 2004 or 2005 Lincoln Town Car.

If you have any information regarding the burglaries, call Crime Stoppers at 344-6867.

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