Car burglaries alarm residents in small subdivision in Central

Car burglaries alarm residents in small subdivision in Central
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POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:45pm

Some people in a small Central subdivision woke up this morning to cracked windows and missing items from their cars.

"I basically came to my car and when I opened it all my stuff was rummaged through," said resident and burglary victim, Rachel Blanchard.

Blanchard received an email from a neighbor early Monday morning that said there were a bunch of car burglaries over night. She learned that her car was one of them. But luckily for Blanchard, only a pair of pricey sunglasses was snatched.

"I do have my name and address and an old ID they could get information off of," noted Blanchard.

Shane Taylor was found and arrested by deputies. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. However, their investigation may take awhile because there were so many burglaries.

Although Blanchard was lucky this time, she's taking extra precautions to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"Keep an eye on neighbors watch out for each other and keep your doors locked,” said Blanchard.

Cindy McAllister even says even in such a quiet neighborhood, you're never safe.

"It is very quiet and low crime but you still need to take care of yourself and protect your home,” said McAllister. “So you should always lock up."

Learning from past experiences, McAllister now locks up and double checks to make sure she's secure.

"It's just sad that we have to deal with that that we have to worry about everything and the days are gone where you can't leave your door open," noted McAllister.

This break in is just a wakeup call for Blanchard to lock and secure not only her car but her home as well.

"My biggest fear is my fiancé goes out of town a lot and I’m by myself but were definitely getting an alarm system put in."

Taylor was taken into custody around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5. He's being held on ten counts of Simple Burglary and felony Theft, among other charges.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

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