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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - More than $7,000 worth of goods was stolen from a Coeur d'Alene home, and another home in the Sanders Beach area was broken into, as burglars continue to carry off jewelry, electronics and firearms.

According to a police report, a home in the 1000 block of east Foster was burglarized sometime between Friday and Monday while owners were away.

Jewelry valued at $5,000, a laptop, $200 cash hidden in a vase, a passport, birth certificates and Social Security cards were taken.

It appeared the burglars took their time to search drawers, cabinets, closets and even dig through bags of clothing.

Police did not determine how the home was entered, but believe the suspects left through the garage door.

A home in the 500 block of South 13th was reported burglarized between July 11 and July 18. The owner said several pieces of jewelry were missing from a jewelry box on top of a dresser.

She told police she leaves the back door unlocked occasionally when she leaves the residence, and believes someone entered the home and stole the jewelry while she was away.

Residential burglaries in Coeur d'Alene are up.

In June 2011, there were 12 burglaries reported. This year, 31 were reported in June. The total for the first six months of 2011 was 107. The first six months of 2012, there were 140 reported burglaries.

Police say thieves are targeting items that can be easily carried off and then sold. They advise home owners to lock doors and windows and leave lights on when away.

A meeting to form a Block Watch group in the Sanders Beach area is scheduled tonight. Anyone interested in attending should call Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood, 769-2320.

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  • Ziggy posted at 8:07 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    We have a neighborhood watch and I recently bought two motion cameras at a local CdA outdoor gear store. Work great, pictures are crystal clear so anyone coming in to our neighborhood will get their picture taken for free. Also I looked into burglar systems. You can order them from Amazon or buy them locally. They aren't expensive, don't involve a monthly fee and can be hooked up to all doors and windows and will call lots of telephone numbers if anyone tries to enter your buildings. It's time we fight back. We also have various deterrents around and we will use them, but mostly it's paying attention. I have seen strange cars cruising in the early morning hours. I think that's when they scope out their victims, in the wee hours before anyone is up and about. Be watchful out there.

  • IAMWOMAN posted at 6:41 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    IAMWOMAN Posts: 56

    I agree that big, fierce dogs are a deterrent to home burglaries. More patrols in the neighborhoods would be nice too. I can't remember the last time I saw a police officer cruise through my neighborhood (mid-town).

    Today I watched a police office as he looked to be issuing a citation to an elementary school boy who was riding his bike on the sidewalk behind the plaza shops. The traffic is terrible on the streets downtown, and the bike path is congested with minimally dressed people, so not really much room for the bikes. Isn't there real crime to deal with in CDA?

  • jmowreader posted at 6:08 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 1405

    If a few of these low-lifes get shot, they WILL get the message...and the message will be, "come in in pairs, with guns drawn, and shoot everyone in the house before you ransack it." Any military manual on infantry tactics will tell you: the aggressor (read: the scumbags breaking into your house) has the upper hand in any engagement.

    Great plan, guys. I do like the idea of putting man-eating dogs in the yard.

  • LTRLTR posted at 3:58 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Triumph has the best advice. Be alert and be armed!

  • kBled posted at 12:26 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    kBled Posts: 70

    Boy did I pick the wrong time to start behaving. Once upon a time I too was on the recipient end of justice after having stolen and cashed a few checks; my net profit was (-)$5,218.00. Crime didn't pay back then; hopefully it won't now either.

    I'm being facetious about the timing of my improved behavior, I rather enjoy my freedom and not being hassled by the police for my obnoxiousness. But home invasion burglary is a pretty ballsy crime. You've got to be pretty desperate, or pretty brazen, to break into someone's home in the middle of the day. Furthermore, if you're not careful it could quickly become home invasion ROBBERY, and if that happens, you'll be lucky to leave prison an aged man if ever. Or be shot, though I'm not sure what the laws are in regards to Castle, Stand Your Ground, etc.

  • kmrogers posted at 10:25 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    kmrogers Posts: 13

    I've got two big furry reasons why someone should avoid breaking into my house. They are one of the best deterrents. I had some creep try to come in my back yard where my daughter and I were one day, when my dog lunged at the gate, hackles up, teeth showing and growling, he thought twice. Then acted like he needed a phone number for albertsons. Funny, there was an albertsons grocery bag sitting there that my daughter had been putting weeds into as she was helping me pull them. Big dogs work very well, they are part of my family and trained to protect our house and yard. If someone makes it past them, by some miracle, they won't be making it past a shotgun. I will protect my home and my family. As well as be watching out for my neighbors.

  • Not4sale posted at 10:22 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Not4sale Posts: 173

    Some increased police presence downtown would be nice. These burglaries are happening during the day. I recently saw a motorcycle cop who had pulled over 3 drivers in 1 hour on the east end of Sherman.
    What happened to "serve and protect?" Is there something the city officials can do to increase the scrutiny of the pawn shops. These scumbags need a place to sell their stolen items.

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 410

    Tweakers. Laser sights. No more problem.

  • Triumph posted at 9:17 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Triumph Posts: 642

    Theres not a whole lot that police can do to prevent burgs.. The best thing they and we can do is be aware of our neighborhood. Lock doors, keep a light on, shoot intruders. If a few of these fellas get shot, the bad buys might start to get the message.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Come in my place and possibly leave in a bag. I'm juz sayin. :)

  • idahoguy posted at 5:06 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Sadly the way our govt is handling this nation we will see more and more of this activity. Even more sad to me are the home owners lives which will be damaged after the home owner shoots these low life's to death for their actions. I have the right to defend myself, my loved ones and my personal property..... and I will.

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