Several people living in a north Topeka neighborhood woke up Wednesday morning to find that their cars had been broken into.
Residents of the Shorey Estates subdivision, located at NW Lyman and Eugene, told WIBW News Now that at least 9 cars were hit by a suspected burglar sometime between midnight and 5 a.m.
The vehicles were parked in front of at least six of the eight homes in the small cul-de-sac. Windows were broken out of two of those vehicles.
The victims asked that their names be withheld.
One victim says a $200 pair of work boots was stolen from his truck. The thief behind several other work-related items, many of them were worth more than the boots.
Another says the thief broke out a window in her car and stole her checkbook and garage door opener.
A third victim reported that an overnight bag containing clothing, social security card and additional bank and personal information were missing from her vehicle.
Several tools were taken from a lockbox in the back of another resident’s pickup truck.
Other residents could not be immediately reached to confirm whether anything was taken from their vehicles.
One Shorey Estates resident says she woke up around 4:30 a.m. to go to the gym and saw a man walking north on Eugene Street toward Lyman Road. She claims he was carrying several items and something resembling a Slim Jim – a thin strip of metal used to unlock vehicle doors.
She said he looked to be in his mid-30s, heavy set with unkempt blonde hair.
Police told her while taking a report of the incident that a man matching that description was thought to have broken into other vehicles in north Topeka.
Anyone with information about the car burglaries is ask to call Crime Stoppers at (785)234-0007.