Between 200 to 300 items, including a telescope, can be viewed and claimed through today until 6 p.m. (Jessica Palmer Photo)
The Roswell Police Department held a viewing of goods stolen during a recent spate of burglaries. The viewing started around 9 a.m. Tuesday, with a second opportunity for victims to look over the items on Wednesday. Among the items the police have on display is: a telescope, car radios and speakers, several notebooks and books, a gas-powered weedeater, two saws, loose strips of copper wire, along with a roll of copper wire, tool boxes and tools, picture frames and pictures.
The items were found during two search warrants executed on a home and a single motel room. The suspects have already been charged with three burglaries and one larceny, the latter where items were removed from the back of a pickup truck.
According to Detective Ricky Romero, the suspects have now have been connected with another 11 burglaries. A total of 15 people arrived at the police department in the first hour of the viewing.
“So far, I have eight bags full of things where we had victims’ names. We have between 200 and 300 items,” Romero said.
He added that each burglary occurred with unsecured vehicles, where the doors had been left unlocked. He said the subjects went up and down the street, tested door handles and if the car or truck was unlocked, the suspects would enter the vehicle and take whatever they could find, from vehicle titles, insurance registration, wallets, credit cards, jewelry, dishes with change in them and tools.
Romero said the areas of town hardest hit were north and west, although there may have been other burglaries in other areas of Roswell. He encouraged people to lock their doors and be alert to what is happening around them.
The Roswell Police Department asks anyone who was the subject of a vehicle burglary between Aug. 19 and Sept. 5, to come to 128 W. Second St., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to come view the items and make a report of the incident.