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Holland parents on high alert after car break-ins at Homecoming Park

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This Lucas County mom doesn't want to show her face for safety reasons.  On Wednesday night, she returned to her mother's pick-up to discover someone broke in and stole her purse from under the seat.  Inside were credit and social security cards, medication, and cash she planned to use on her son for his birthday.

"They busted the passenger side window and nobody heard or saw anything," she told 13abc.

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office documented two car break-ins at Homecoming Park in June, both earlier this week.  But parents at the park say theft has been a problem for months.  Many of them no longer leave important items in their ride.

"What's surprising is knowing how often break-ins occur, no one seems to take precautions to prevent that," says John Pernia who comes to the park once or twice a week.

"I think a lot of people are opportunists and you have to be very wise and not make yourself a victim," says another parent, Irene Blue.

While no one is in custody, the victims both reported seeing a suspicious black and white Chevy Avalanche truck with man and woman inside.  Investigators say it's likely these the same crooks are committing the crimes, which is no surprise to park visitors.

"Whoever is doing this has gotten good at it," says the woman who had her purse stolen Wednesday. "They're watching the people, watching whose vehicles they are."


Parents say more needs to be done to protect their property, even if it means starting their own patrols.

"I think that we make things the way we want them to be. And if something bothers us, we should be the ones to act to make things right the way we want them," says John Pernia.


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