Police: Rash of patio furniture thefts in Chula Vista
Brazen thieves hit 9 different homes since August
Last Updated: 73 days ago
CHULA VISTA - Brazen thieves in Chula Vista are stealing people's patio furniture right off of their porches or out of their yards.
Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge says there has been a rash of thefts, with nine since mid-August.
"Most of the homes, most of the victims' homes are within a concentrated area," said Wedge." In fact, the five that were taken on Aug.10th … the streets intersect and the homes are very close together."
He said in most cases, thieves were stealing front porch items such as lounge chairs and small tables. He said in the latest case – which occurred last Friday – the criminals got away with more than $5,000 worth of patio décor.
"They would've needed something large a truck, something with enough room in it," said Wedge.
One victim did not want to be identified but told 10News the thieves broke into her yard twice. She said during the first theft, she was actually asleep on her couch.
"They stole my stone-covered table, my 9-foot round pool umbrella and six lounge chairs," she said. "They were even able to carry away my two 7-foot tall metal lamps."
Wedge says they are currently investigating the crimes and advise people to keep an eye out for anything unusual in their neighborhoods.
"Knowing your neighbors goes a long way to help prevent crimes," he said.
Wedge says owning a dog, keeping lights on, using sensors or alarms and even surveillance helps keep criminals away.
The victim in this case says her lock on her gate was broken and now she has invested in surveillance.
"I hope they catch who's doing this because it's just not right to take from people who are working hard for the things they have," she said.
Anyone with any information on these crimes is urged to contact the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151.
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