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Moores Park neighbors on lookout for thieves

Posted at 5:26 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 05:43:01-05

A neighborhood is putting out a warning after a string of break-ins over the past few months.

David Strange is out thousands of dollars' worth of tools he needs for work.

He and his wife recently moved to the Moores Park neighborhood in Lansing. They said neighbors warned them to lock up their things every night.

"It was pretty clear that my truck had been cleaned out. It was half empty. All the good, big tools I had were gone," he said.

Strange had a lot of tools he used for his job as a building contractor. He forgot to lock his car one night last month. The next morning, the tools were gone.

"I was outraged. I mean, it's a low-life that would take somebody's tools that they make their living and support their family with."

Seventeen break-ins and thefts were reported in the Moores Park neighborhood from Aug.15 through Oct. 17.

Strange found out he wasn't the only victim when his wife posted about it on Facebook.

"We've heard from other people that it doesn't matter, it doesn't have to be at night, during the broad daylight they've had cars that have been rifled through. If you leave it open, they're going to go through it," he said.

Other neighbors talked with FOX 47 News about the break-ins but didn't want to go on camera.

They said the recent crimes have them looking out for one another even more as the search for the person or people responsible continues.

"What happened does not define this neighborhood. There's good people that live here," Strange said.

Strange and his wife now have a security system and camera.

Police say the best protection is to keep everything locked up and to report any suspicious activity.