Thieves in Bellevue seem to have two things in mind as they've targeted garages in the last month: high dollar items and those items that are easy to sell.
The thieves are casing homes during the day. They're smart enough to disengage car alarms, smash the car windows and still steal what's inside. They’re after whatever is in the garage, especially motorbikes and tools.
It's almost like thieves get a look of what's in the garage during the day when the doors are up and the homeowners are working inside. Then they strike between 2 and 4 in the morning.
One Bellevue man told us, “A lot of people on my street are retired people, guys just like me who work in the garage.”
He lives in north Bellevue and doesn't want to be identified. He’s been hit the last two Saturdays. The first time they broke in through the regular door of his attached garage and stole $8,000 worth of tools, a mini-bike and guns.
The second time the thieves didn't get in because he reinforced the door with steel but he still can't shake how the burglars were in the house while he and the wife slept.
“The home invasion is the bad part. Because they could have killed me or my wife and no one would know it. The monetary stuff is immaterial but to not feel secure in your own house is bad."
Bellevue Police confirm to WOWT 6 News that attached garages have been hit five times in the neighborhood. Two homeowners were hit several times. In one case the thieves unscrewed motion detector lights. Another man lost $20,000 in tools.
“The way they went about it, the guys who did this are not kids. They are professionals. The stuff they did, I didn't even know it was capable of doing."
Police say they have stepped up patrols in the northwest Bellevue neighborhood. If this sounds familiar because you've heard some people talk about the break-ins or have other information contact Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP or you can use the link on our Crime Stoppers page.