Military Families Wake Up to String of Burglaries

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Military families in the Paradise Valley area woke up to a string of vehicle burglaries on their streets Sunday – a poor Memorial Day weekend surprise.

San Diego Police Sgt. Michael Stirk said phone calls started trickling in from people in the Bayview Hills Military Housing complex who found their vehicle doors wide open in their driveways Sunday morning.

Various items were taken from at least 15 vehicles, but the stolen items were so inconsistent, it’s hard to define what the burglar or burglars were looking for, according to Stirk.

Those vehicles were parked along Coral Sea Road, Pacific Mist Road and Court and Conch Shell Court.

Victim Herman Coleman, a sailor in the Navy, said two of his vehicles were tampered with, but the thieves did not take anything of value: just a garage door opener and a knife.

Courtesy Heather Dimitrievski

Another woman who did not want to be identified said the thieves stole her garage door opener but left her laptop in her car.

"I think it's really sad that people are preying upon the military, and this neighborhood seems to be an easy target,” said military spouse Dan Murphy, who’s had his house and vehicle broken into in the past.

Right now, police believe at least 12 people were the victims of these vehicle break-ins.

It’s unclear how the suspects got inside or if they overcame security alarms, and the total value of the stolen items has not been tallied.

"The unfortunate part is the men and the women of the United States military were made victims, which is disappointing, but anybody that's a victim is disappointing regardless of the day," said Stirk.

He told NBC 7 investigators do not want to release information about the suspects in order to maintain the security of the investigation.