Several cars burglarized at Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex

LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Several vehicles were burglarized, Thursday night, at an apartment complex in Lauderdale Lakes.

Thieves managed to take everything from debit cards to IDs from around 10 cars parked inside the Woodale Oaks Apartments parking lot, early Friday morning.

The majority of the cars in the area of the 2500 block of Northwest 49th Avenue had their windows busted while at least one car was hit because its owner left it unlocked.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Department, officials were called about the burglaries and are now investigating the reported burglaries, but residents said they are frustrated because this isn’t the first time this has happened.

“I was mad, pissed off, insane,” said resident Eric Gibbs. “That’s crazy that 10 cars got broken into.”

Gibbs added that he was thankful no valuables were inside of his car during the string of burglaries.

Latia Nixon was similarly fed up, Friday, saying this has happened before.

“This is ridiculous, this is really ridiculous,” she said. “They broke into 10 cars last night.”

Resident Rebecca Vedrine said almost everything was taken from her car. “I knew I didn’t lock my doors. Everything was everywhere,” she said. “My registration is gone, my license, my debit card.”

Residents said they want more security with cameras and better lighting. They said the thieves climb over the fence separating their parking lot from a park next to it.

“I told the police, ‘I see the same guys that do it,'” said Nixon. “I think it’s them because they’re sitting here every day, in the back of this apartment.”

The fence surrounding the apartment complex and its parking lot is, according to residents, thin and not enough to keep potential burglars away.

“There are people walking,” said Vedrine as she points to the fence. “It’s not little animals. There’s big movement, and I’ve seen people walk. They gotta have some kind of security around here because this can’t keep going on like this.”

“We’re regular people who work hard every day,” said Nixon. “We should not have to go through this.”

BSO has spoken to the owners of six vehicles that were burglarized, but have yet to identify a person or the people involved.

The apartment complex manager declined to comment on the incident.

If you have any information on the burglaries, 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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