Break-ins plague residents

Resident says door was kicked in, jewelry, rifles stolen
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A series of break-ins in and around Auburn has some residents concerned. Auburn resident Kelly Richardson said someone kicked in her side door in the Aeolia Heights neighborhood July 29 and stole her jewelry and six to eight hunting rifles. The items were worth $20,000 to $25,000, Richardson said. Richardson said the crime occurred between 1 and 5 p.m. and she was not home at the time. “I got home not too long after that though, it’s kind of scary,” Richardson said Thursday. “It makes me mad when I think about it. I’m a mess today because I have been talking to the insurance companies.” Richardson said she thinks the person or people could have been casing her home because they seemed to know exactly where she kept the items. She is now making sure to secure her home every time she leaves, Richardson said. “I’m much more cognizant of it,” she said. “By the same token I’m a little bit leery of everybody, which I don’t like.” Richardson said she thinks residents all need to work together to keep each other safe. “I think all the neighbors should be on the lookout for unusual behavior,” she said. Another woman living on Sierra Way in the Auburn area confirmed her door was kicked in at 3 a.m. one morning while she was home, but nothing was taken from her house. On July 9, two men broke down a 56-year-old Auburn cancer patient’s door in her fourplex unit on Dorer Drive and stole oxycontin pills. Lt. Jeff Ausnow of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said there is no evidence any of the crimes are related, and there is no rash of break-ins or door kick-in burglaries in Placer County. Sgt. Dave Lawicka of the Auburn Police Department said the department has taken four reports of break-ins in the last month, but they are sporadic, occur all over the city and don’t appear to be connected. “We don’t have an epidemic going on,” Lawicka said. “They are more a crime of opportunity if you ask me.” Lawicka said residents should be sure to lock their cars, homes and keep valuable belongings out of sight. “People can do a lot to prevent … being the victims of these crimes, to take away the desire of these people,” he said. Reach Bridget Jones at