by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police are investigating a large rash of break-ins at apartments along Old Holcomb Bridge Road.
In the last few months alone, police told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik thieves had kicked in doors at 50 apartments in the Wood Creek and Wood Crossing Apartments as well as at others in that general area.
"Everything was just thrown everywhere," victim Wylma Grace told Petchenik. "They just went through the entire house."
Grace said it happened Dec. 5 as she was at out and her four children were at school. When they arrived home, they found the door kicked in and the apartment rifled through.
"We feel violated and we don't feel safe," Grace said.
The single mother told Petchenik the thieves stole the presents she gave her children last Christmas and prevented her from buying presents for this year.
"I was working hard so they could have Christmas but this just set me back," she said, wiping away tears.
Roswell police Lt. James McGee said the burglars are prying open doors then kicking them in, mainly during the day when people are at work.
"We pretty much think it's the same people," McGee said. "We've got some good leads we're working on."
McGee said police are urging apartment residents to reinforce their doors and to install alarm systems if possible.
He also said neighbors should be
"nosy" and look out for anyone or anything suspicious and out of place.
"Prevention is worth a pound of cure," McGee said.
Julie Mills told Petchenik she was home a few weeks ago and heard someone breaking into her downstairs neighbor's apartment.
"I heard some really loud banging on the door like a neighbor was repeatedly slamming a door or something like that," she told Petchenik.
Mills said she got a look at the people breaking in and called police.
"There were some kids down on the bottom apartment in hoodies, backpacks," Mills said.