CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Lately, burglars in Charlotte County aren't smashing through windows or sneaking through unlocked doors. With a couple kicks, they're breaking down the front door, some even in broad daylight!
When Randy Jackson left his Deep Creek home Monday morning, he had a perfectly good front door. "Left at about ten minutes to 11:00, got back here right at 2:30," Jackson said, "and as we pulled up in the driveway, my son is like, daddy, you left the front door open. I'm like, what are you talking about?"
He didn't leave it open. A burglar with a powerful foot kicked it to the ground. The burglar kicked the door so hard, they destroyed the dead bolt locks. You can clearly see the shoe print. But what this quick burglar didn't happen to notice was that the back door was unlocked the entire time.
"The TV was gone, my laptop was gone because I keep it right on the kitchen counter,"
A neighbor noticed a suspicious white four-door car backed into Jackson's driveway at the time. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is warning homeowners to be on the lookout for things out of the ordinary. Lately, burglars have been kicking through doors in Deep Creek, Tropical Gulf Acres, and Northern Charlotte County.
"I understand there's a lot of people, hard times, the economy sucks and stuff like that, and people are doing what they can do to survive, but there's got to be something else than this," Jackson said.
Jackson spent the day reinforcing his locks...so there won't be a next time. "You'd probably have to drive at truck through it to bust through it now, " Jackson said. "Aint no foot kicking through that."
Detectives are asking for your help. If you spot any suspicious activity in the neighborhoods mentioned, call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).