The Victim: Byron and Hilaree Ebelt
The Crime: Burglary
Date: Sunday, Nov. 11
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: 10500 block of Le Mans
Someone launched the bike over the fence.
L Streets resident Byron Ebelt likes getting out his bicycle and wheeling around town for some outdoor activity and exercise. So when a burglar recently jumped his fence and snatched his Trek bike from his garage, it was quite a disappointment.
“He’s pretty bummed,” Hilaree Ebelt said of her husband’s reaction to the burglary. “In fact, he said, ‘Why didn’t they take your bike instead?’ because I don’t bike as much as he does. It’s a crime of opportunity, but it sucks.”
The crime happened a day before Thanksgiving. Hilaree Ebelt says the crime must have happened while she was at home because she is very vigilant about keeping the garage door closed, especially at night.
Unfortunately, this is the family’s second recent experience with crime. In May, another thief broke into the family’s shed.
Dallas Police Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division says locked fences, alarms and camera systems can all make neighbors a less-likely target. He encourages residents to get involved in a neighborhood crime watch group.
“But a determined theft will find a way to take your property,” he says. “It only takes a short time for a thief to jump a fence and take property. Keep your doors and windows locked at all times; thieves work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be your neighbors’ eyes and ears. As a community, we can help prevent crime in our city.”
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