Fulshear is experiencing a rash of auto burglaries and cart thefts. Since Monday, the community has experienced at least seven break-ins and three auto thefts.
So far, the thieves are primarily targeting unlocked vehicles in the Cross Creek, Churchill Farms and Pineville Ranch subdivision. Police believe that a group of approximately five people are working together to commit the crimes, according to Fulshear Police Chief Kenny Seymour.
The thieves have been operating from 4-5 a.m., and are using stolen vehicles to move around, he said. The thieves are using cellphones as flashlights. “They appear to be very brazen, they don’t seem to care how much attention they bring to themselves,” Seymour said.
Despite the high number of incidents, police have not been able to get a description of the thieves.
Although authorities lack a description, eyewitness reports indicate that the thieves may be easy to identify, Seymour said.
“They’re wearing hoodies and it’s July,” he said.
At least one person claims to have observed an individual with a hoodie acting suspiciously, Seymour added.
“Someone said they had seen these individuals Monday morning, but didn’t call us,” he said.
Area residents are encouraged to call the police if they see anything suspicious.
Residents are also encouraged to lock their vehicles and take their car keys and any valuables inside their homes.
“Right now the difference between being a victim and not being a victim is a locked door,” Seymour said. “We’ve had reports of two cars in a driveway, one was broken into the other wasn’t,” he said. “The difference was one was locked and one wasn’t.”
The Fulshear Police Department will increase patrols and is working closely with other area law enforcement agencies to address the situation, Seymour said.
In a post to the department’s Facebook page, Seymour acknowledged that there is a possibility that the increased police presence may impact law-abiding residents.
“Our priorities are making you and your community safe,” he wrote. “Please have patience and cooperate with us as we enforce the laws.”