WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) - - Police said 11 vehicles were burglarized and one was stolen from a Weston neighborhood, and now the victims want the thieves caught.
Weston resident, Patricia Bernardini, had her car stolen from her house, Wednesday, but 11 other families were also victimized when the burglars ransacked their parked cars within the gated community.
Surveillance video captured a thief breaking into a parked Ford Explorer outside of the home at 1421 Camellia Circle. After going through the car’s contents, lights could be seen off camera from the stolen car as it’s driven away.
Bernardini believes the thieves are four teenagers she’s seen in the neighborhood.
“The car that was stolen was here on the circular driveway,” Bernardini said, “so the kids came from that direction over here.”
The burglary happened around 4 a.m., near Camellia Lane and Three Village Road, in a gated community.
“It’s at least three teenagers, probably four,” Bernardini said. “They might live here. They might be friends of somebody who lives here, but it’s easy to get into the neighborhood.”
Her husband, Tony, knows how dangerous an encounter with these crooks could have been. “It’s concerning,” he said. “My son usually leaves the house at about 4:30 in the morning to go to work, so he could have easily walked into that situation.”
“I feel bad for the parents because sometimes you have good parents, but you have kids who hang out with the wrong crowd,” Bernardini said.
The president from the homeowner’s association published a post on Facebook to alert residents in the area.
“You have to be vigilant,” Bernardini said. “Just because it’s Weston doesn’t mean it’s not gonna happen here. It happens everywhere.”
The victims said the juveniles arrived in a Lexus and got through security because the guard was sleeping.
If you recognize the burglar caught on camera, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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