Shoreline police step up patrols in Briarcrest area after increase in home burglaries

A spike in burglaries in Shoreline's Briarcrest neighborhood has residents worried. (Photo: KOMO News)

SHORELINE, Wash. -- Shoreline police are stepping up patrols in the city's Briarcrest neighborhood after a string of home burglaries.

Six break-ins were reported over a three-week period in November. It appears the burglar or burglars are striking during the daytime hours when the homeowners or renters are away, police said.

"This back door was just left ajar where they seemed to have exited," said Jenny Recotta, whose home was burglarized on Nov. 21.

The open back door was her first clue that she had been hit.

"At first, an envelope that I knew I had a little bit of cash in was empty on the dryer," she said.

She soon discovered her laptop was also missing along with thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment. The burglar or burglars also stolen several family heirlooms, including a ring that once belonged to Recotta's great-grandmother.

"The heirlooms are the hardest thing. The rest of it I can replace. It’s not that important to me. But my great-grandmother’s ring that they took was over 100 years old. It was given to me to be my engagement ring one day, and now it’s gone," Recotta said. "Just leave the heirlooms. Just ... I wish they hadn’t taken that. I wish that that was somewhere that if they’d left it, taken it to a pawn shop, or somewhere I could find it again … would be amazing."

Recotta’s home is one of six that burglars have hit since early November, said King County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. KCSO contracts with the city of Shoreline for police services.

Two of the burglaries weren’t far from Recotta's home.

"Terrified," she said. "Yeah, scared to sleep in my house. Scared to be alone in my house. Every noise scared the crap out of me after that and still am jumpy."

Police are urging everyone to keep their doors and windows locked and alert neighbors if you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time, Sgt. West said. It's also a good idea to keep serial numbers of your belongings just in case they're stolen, West added. And consider installing surveillance cameras or alarms to help deter and catch thieves.

Recotta thinks the burglar or burglars got into her home through a loose window, she said.

Luckily, they didn’t cause much damage, she said.

"I’m a little better, but every time I hear a noise outside I pop up to check to make sure someone isn’t outside," Recotta said.

So far, there have been no arrests.

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