2 areas plagued by car, home burglaries

Break-ins happening in cars left unlocked

Author: Scott Johnson, General assignment reporter, sjohnson@wjxt.com
Jason Mealey, Producer, jmealey@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 09:31:14 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 11:40:00 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A string of car break-ins is plaguing residents in Nassau County and those on Jacksonville's Westside.

The break-ins are happening in cars that are simply left unlocked.

Deep inside a Yulee neighborhood far from any major road is where Billy Johnson recently moved his family, figuring he'd be safe from the problems of big city crime. Unfortunately, he and many of his neighbors have become victims.

"It has been getting worse and worse and you move into decent area in good subdivision and it spreads out everywhere," said Johnson.

Johnson's SUV was broken into and he wasn't that torn up about it, but his son is because the crooks got his baseball bat.

"Angry, now we gotta get him a new baseball bat," said Johnson.

The problem for Nassau County is multiple homes were broken into on Worthington Drive, Knotted Oak Way and Warrior Drive.

JSO has a similar problem. They are looking for Bresha Harris, who they say has been involved in multiple car burglaries around the Westside since November.

Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson is constantly reminding us to lock our vehicles but he also says even if you live in a remote neighborhood, you can't be too safe.

"It doesn't really matter where you live, even if you live in a gated community. You can be the victim of a crime of opportunity if you're careless. If you leave things exposed, doesn't matter if you live in a gated community or remote area," said Jefferson.

Police said when you park your car, look to make sure no one's out simply watching where cars park. Also, don't leave anything visible windows. Thieves will pounce on that.