ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) –Sheriff's deputies are sprawled across Angelina County looking for house burglars. Authorities said seven homes were targeted Wednesday in broad daylight. They said these bold burglaries are a growing problem, but you can help.
"Home owners have become fed up with being burglarized," said Chief Deputy Jim Casper, Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
In broad daylight, authorities said brazen burglars hit seven homes across Angelina County Wednesday.
"They go to a house that looks like it's not occupied at the time," said Lt. Pete Cooper, Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
Once they find an empty driveway, the burglars make their move. "They will go up and knock on the door and once no one answers and they feel fairly secure, they'll go around to the back of the residence and kick in the back door," said Casper.
A home on Delmus Road was one of the seven hit Wednesday. Cooper said the burglars got their hands on $12,000 of families' valuables.
"You feel violated. Things you've worked for taken from someone who is basically too lazy to work," said Casper.
Authorities actually fear for burglars who target the wrong house. "We've heard from other homeowners that should they catch them in their residence, they intend to kill them," said Casper.
So, now authorities are working around the clock to catch these burglars, but they said they need your help. "Because we are spread so thin, we rely extremely heavily on the neighborhood," said Casper. "We want to catch them really bad."
He said, better the sheriff's office, than a homeowner with a loaded shotgun. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the sheriff's office at 936-634-3331.