‘Alarming Increase’ in Garberville Home Burglaries This Last Week, Says Sheriff’s Office
All residents in Southern Humboldt but particularly Garberville are being advised to lock their homes–both their doors and windows. Sgt. Jesse Taylor of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department warned, “The Sheriff’s Office has seen an alarming increase in residential burglaries over the last week.”
Taylor said that deputies have responded to “at least 5 burglaries” in homes around the Garberville area. “I have also heard via rumor that additional burglaries have occurred, but for whatever reason, the residents have not made a report.”
Taylor is urging locals to lock their homes even when they are present. The burglar or burglars operate at night, he explained. “I am guessing between midnight and 5 a.m. What is really scary is almost all of the burglaries occur when the homeowner is present.”
The burglar slips into the homes through unlocked doors or windows. S/he takes “wallets, purses, clothing, musical instruments, lap top computers, and even a shotgun,” Taylor said. ” Some of the victims have reported their property being taken from the same room they are sleeping in.”
Today, two more incidents occurred–these at an apartment complex on Melville Road near the south end of Garberville. “Two apartments were entered by either someone picking the front doors, or the suspect has obtained keys by unknown means,” Taylor explained.
Please lock your doors and your windows, he said. And, if you see suspicious activity, call dispatch at 445-7251 or 911 if it is an emergency.