Two residential burglaries in Rossmoor have law enforcement officials urging residents to stay on alert.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. someone entered homes on Yellowtail Drive on Monday and Tuesday and "ransacked" the residences, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The thief or thieves entered through the windows by prying up screens and window frames, and then took "small, high value items” like jewelry, said Gail Krause, OCSD public relations manager.
Krause advises people to make sure expensive items are hidden out of sight.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Longtime Rossmoor resident David Lara said he hopes locals will consider installing surveillance cameras or alarm systems in their homes.
“We’re certainly concerned,” Lara said. “You look at the past stats for Rossmoor, (we used to get) less than a dozen burglaries a year.”
“Now because of the because of the economic times, obviously, burglaries have increased. People are driving through our neighborhoods and just basically robbing residents.”
Lara said he felt the OCSD had done a great job responding to recent crimes, especially by patrolling the area on bikes and making sure to frequently check with local residents to make sure they’re OK.
Officials ask residents to call the OCSD at 714-647-7000 to report anything suspicious or any solicitors in the area.
To leave an anonymous tip about the burglaries or any other crime, call 1-855-TIP-OCCS.