LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Thieves broke into a Lee County home this morning in the usually quiet Whiskey Creek neighborhood. It happened on Claret Court, and according to deputies, the crook or crooks made off with some big-ticket items.
Deputies investigating said the people who lived in the home are seasonal and had already gone away for the summer. They said the residents might have left behind some clues for the thief that they weren't currently living here.
Lee County deputies spent the morning dusting for fingerprints and looking for clues at the burglarized home. They said they found a bicycle on scene, which they collected as evidence.
Deputies said whoever broke into the home, stole a car and a television. They said the burglar likely noticed piled up newspapers in the front, which is a signal the victim hadn't been back to the home for a while. In the meantime, neighbors said a break-in in this area seems out of the ordinary for the neighborhood.
"It's a typical neighborhood like you'd see around this area. Lots of working people, some retired folks like me. It's quiet," said neighbor Raymond Barton.
LCSO said there are ways for seasonal residents to protect their homes before leaving for the summer. They include, stopping your mail or paper delivery, or having a trusted neighbor pick it up for you. They suggest only hiring a house sitter you personally know and trust, beefing up your home security system, and watching how much info you're divulging concerning your whereabouts on social media.