Safety Harbor neighbors locking cars after string of burglaries

Thieves stole one neighbor's brand new car
Posted at 5:13 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 17:46:02-05

"It was my first nice car that I had,” said Tammy Dupre about her brand new Infiniti sedan. "And I just cleaned it up and gassed it up," she said.

Thieves stole it right out of her driveway about a week ago around 4 in the morning.

"It's a violation of our feeling of safety here but it's also up to us to be vigilant and lock up and look out for each other,” said Dupre.


Her garage was open and so was her car-- a trend the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says it's fighting in other neighborhoods too including Eastlake Woodlands and Seminole where a string of car burglaries have unfolded in the last two months.

"People checking door handles--even one of our neighbors had surveillance of a car coming in and parking and four men jumped out, checked the door handles, jumped back in their car and left and that was all within 30 seconds,” said Dupre.

Back in August, surveillance video caught three suspects on camera breaking into a home in the same neighborhood. Deputies say they got away in a stolen vehicle.

"A nightly check-- we make sure all the doors are locked and the windows are locked and the alarm is set,” said Safety Harbor homeowner Erin Peak.

Dupre says her new car still hasn't turned up. 

All she has now is video but the wake-up call is still fresh.

"We've learned a big lesson about being really careful and not feeling like you're always safe,” she said.