Home burglaries are increasing in College Station, according to the police department, and one recent burglary victim is getting her neighborhood involved to help police catch the suspects.
Witnessing a crime that unfolded at 4 a.m. at her home on Detroit Street, about 9 blocks south of the Texas A&M campus, is a scene that replays over and over again for Carolyn Waldon.
"It was like everywhere I went, I was taking a knife. The knife to go to the restroom, the knife to go to the bedroom because I was scared. I was frightened," said Waldon.
Texas A&M student Michael Labelle, 22, was arrested last Monday for burglary.
Labelle wasn't the only one attempting to break into Waldon's home according to police. The other suspects are yet to be found.
"I want answers because even though one person was arrested, where are the other ones that are involved in the incident? So it makes me a little bit uncomfortable living here," Waldon said.
While police continue their investigation, Waldon spread the news of the incident to people who lived around her by posting flyers. She also called her neighbors, and several of them decided to go to the Lincoln Center where they met with local law enforcement including the College Station Police Chief to try to figure out how they can make their streets safer.
Dozens of concerned residents were given the chance to hear from a security company about tips to deter the crooks from coming in. It's a crime that's becoming more frequent according to Police Chief Jeff Capps.
"When someone comes into your house, that has got to be a terrible feeling. We want to make sure that she understands that we are going to do everything that we can to catch all the individuals that are involved to try to ensure that this doesn't happen again, and try to relieve those fears," said Chief Capps.
The residents learned about ways to look out for one another and resources they can use to keep the intruders out.
"Nothing like this has ever happened in our neighborhood before. Never ever. I want justice. I want the other people that are responsible for the crimes caught," said Waldon who tells us she will continue to hold community meetings to make sure her community is clear of the crooks.
The police chief encourages neighborhoods call the College Station Police Department to hold community meetings if they have concerns.
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