The Victim: Nancy and Janeth Burgos
The Crime: Burglary
Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 10 p.m.
Location: 2400 block of Grafton

Janeth Burgos and her husband were returning home to her mother, Nancy. They had been out grocery shopping and pulled into the driveway. What happened next left them puzzled.

“When we got back, we heard someone screaming for help,” Janeth Burgos says.

The family was not sure where the scream had originated, but went into the house to make sure Nancy Burgos was OK. Burgos and her husband went outside, but did not find anyone and were not sure exactly where the scream had come from. Later, something made them take notice.

“We saw two guys on the street — one walking and one riding a bike,” she says. “I had never seen them before, and they looked out of place and suspicious.”

The next day, Burgos was at the doctor, and her mother called to let her know that the detached garage had been broken into. A paint sprayer and lawnmower were both gone, a loss of about $350. The family believes the men had stolen the items the previous day and stashed them somewhere in the neighborhood to come back later and retrieve. They believe the scream or shout they heard occurred when one of the men may have gotten stuck in the garage when their car approached the driveway.

“I guess they were trying to get out as fast as they could,” Burgos says.

The family’s aunt two blocks away also had her home burglarized the same night. In 2005-06, some tools were stolen from the Burgoses’ home, and the burglaries have become a real frustration.

Dallas Police Commander Vernon Hale of the Southwest Patrol Division says it is imperative to call 911 if residents see someone in their home or even someone in the neighborhood who might look out of place. Any good descriptions of suspects and vehicles can also be a big help for investigators.

“If possible, get a description of a persons, vehicles, etc., without putting yourself in danger,” Hale says. ­


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