COPPERAS COVE (March 25, 2014) Army veteran Barry Sheffield settled into a rural neighborhood of Copperas Cove seven years ago to be close to his children, and to live as far away from crime as he could.
"I retired from Fort Hood seven years ago and bought the house here on the edge of town," Sheffield said.
"It's very quiet and not much traffic at all."
But he was surprised to learn Tuesday that at least seven of his neighbors’ vehicles were broken into over the weekend.
"I'm just upset about it," he said.
Sheffield said he too found items inside his car thrown around.
"The console was open and napkins and CDs tossed around," he said.
"I thought one of the grandkids had meddled in my car."
Police said thieves took items such as money, jewelry and electronic devices from several unlocked vehicles along Big Divide Road this past weekend.
"Since it's the general area one would assume that most likely it was committed within the same time frame by the same individual or individuals," said Cove police Sgt. Julie Lehmann.
"When you see numerous types of offenses that occur in one general location its usually a crime of opportunity."
Investigators combed the quiet neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, and went door to door asking residents if they might have seen or heard anything at the time of thefts.
"The biggest thing is ensuring your vehicle is locked," she said.
"Don't leave your valuables inside your vehicle."
Police are also looking for thieves who broke into vehicles along Morris Drive and Little Street on Monday.