ANTHEM, AZ - Neighbors in one Anthem neighborhood are on edge after a series of vehicle break-ins have plagued their community.
Early Saturday morning, Ron Fulton’s home surveillance camera’s caught a man trying to break-in to his car.
“Once he realized it wasn’t open he went down and preceded to break into cars down into the corner,” Fulton said.
One of those homes was Natasha Leary’s. Leary woke up Saturday morning to a text from her neighbor letting her know his car had been broken into and she should check to see if her car was also hit.
“My garage door was open; my other car was ransacked on the inside, they stole some stuff out of the inside of my car,” Leary said.
The unsettling part for Leary she says was that the thief got into her garage, but she has no idea how.
Leary said she doesn’t keep the garage door opener or other important items in her truck.
“For it to happen so close, like it was in the middle of the night, like three or four in the morning. I was inside asleep so – very scary,” said Leary.
Fulton’s surveillance cameras captured a man wearing a bandana, a white t-shirt, backpack, and jeans walk up to his car around 3:00 a.m., the man tugs on the door and runs away when he realizes it was locked.
Leary says at least three other neighbors were targeted in the area along the I-17 and Daisy Mountain Road. In fact, she says two-weeks-ago deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had come by to warn neighbors about crime in the area.
“There have been some break-ins in the area, please keep your valuables inside and anything like that,” Leary said.
Fortunately for Leary, nothing important was taken, but she says this was a wake-up call to have security cameras installed at her house.
ABC15 checked in with MCSO to see how many cases of break-ins have occurred in the neighborhood but they could not immediately provide that information.