Lufkin Police investigating burglary, two attempted home invasions in same neighborhood

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson

Lufkin Police are investigating a burglary and three attempted break-ins that occurred late Wednesday evening in the Englewood Subdivision.

Around 9 p.m., officers responded to three homes located within a block of each other on Maplewood Drive and Linkwood Drive. Nothing was stolen from two of the homes, according to Lufkin Police Lieutenant Alton Lenderman.

However, the owners of a residence located in the 200 block of Maplewood told police that when they returned home Wednesday night, it appeared as though someone had tried to disable the security system.

At the second house, located in the 200 block of Maplewood, someone entered the home by prying open a sliding glass door while the resident was at church. Fifty dollars, a bag of collector's coins, and a necklace were allegedly taken from the home.

Snapped phone and alarm wires dangled from the side of Christopher Prestidge's neighbor's home when he spoke with KTRE News Thursday.

"Someone has to know what they're doing to know how security systems work and everything because I don't see how anyone could just know where a security system is wired into (a home)," Prestidge said.

A block over, three homes on Linkwood were also broken into recently. Neighbors say they will all be looking out for each other in hopes of catching the burglars in action.

"I will do my best to defend my home and also call the law," Prestidge said.

Authorities said no one witnessed the attempted crimes, so there is no suspect or description at this time.

While it's unclear if the attempted robberies are connected, Lenderman said the public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. "There's no such thing as a bad tip, as far as we're concerned," he said.

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