Moss Bluff residents on high alert after rash of burglaries - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Moss Bluff residents on high alert after rash of burglaries

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A security system, surveillance cameras, and a very big dog are just some of the things Moss Bluff resident Eric Miller has invested in since his home was burglarized last March.

"I think that everybody needs to start getting more aware. Pick up the awareness level in the neighborhood," said Miller.

Miller and his family live on Paul White Road, just north of Sam Houston Jones State Park. The thieves made it his home through the back door. In less than an hour, they made out with several high dollar electronics. Since then at least five other homes in the area have been hit.

"It definitely makes you feel more scared, the more you hear about houses getting hit, people getting broken into. It makes you paranoid," said Miller.

The latest burglary took place a couple of weeks ago off Cypress Lake Drive. The same scenario: it happened in the middle of the day, when no one was home. However, the homeowner and neighbors have reason to suspect it could be door to door solicitors.

The homeowner, who does not want to be identified, tells 7 News she came home and noticed two men running from near her property. She said one of the men appeared to be carrying a bottle of Windex. Moments later they hopped in a white car.

"I thought it was strange, but I didn't think anything of it," said homeowner. "Until I entered my home and realized I had been burglarized. My heart just went a thousand beats a minute and I just kept thinking... Oh lord, this isn't happening... This isn't happening. I couldn't breathe."

She called 9-1-1 and her neighbor and later learned the two men were trying to sell cleaning supplies. According to the homeowner the men had permits to go door to door -- something she takes issue with.

"Neighbors are all well informed and I just don't think anyone should go door to door. You are going to be met with not very friendly faces," said homeowner.

Despite more patrols by Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies, she along with others in the area are now armed and not taking any chances.

"I would hate to know that one of my family members got hurt because of something like this happening or one of my friends getting hurt. And this needs to stop before either a homeowner or someone doing this gets killed," said Miller.

Law enforcement has not made any connection between the burglaries and solicitors. Meanwhile, anyone who sees anything suspicious or has information that can help the case should call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 491-3700.

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