Deputies Investigate String Of Car Burglaries


Pottawattamie County deputies are investigating a string of car burglaries in the Pheasant Hills neighborhood, just outside of Council Bluffs.

Usually in the neighborhood the only noise you'll hear is the sound of raking leaves. "The reason we moved out here is it's quiet. It's nice. It's a beautiful place to live, other than all the leaves," said Rod Williams.

Williams has lived in the area for many years and never worries about crime, that is until now. Overnight Tuesday eight cars were burglarized and two were stolen. "I can't believe something was stolen from out here, it blows my mind," said Williams.

Williams' cars were in the closed garage, so nothing was stolen, but just down the street, Connie Pitts wasn't so lucky. Pitts believes that the thieves got in the garage because the door was left open. Then they walked to her car, opened up the door, and grabbed her bag that was inside.

In her bag she had credit cards, important papers, and camera memory cards with photos of her grandson. Her neighbor actually found the bag and that's how she found out about it. "I had a neighbor come to the door with a stack of papers that they had found on the corner, or street or something. I knew they came out of my bag, that I had left in the car."

Pitts doesn't know why the thieves dropped her bag, but what she does know, "We'll remember to shut our garage door from now on."

Officers do want to remind people to lock their cars. Also, in the area there aren't any street lights. You can buy an outdoor light for your home to help deter thieves.

Deputies have dusted for fingerprints. There's no word yet on any suspects.


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