Paint could be seen cracking alongside a doorframe outside of Barbara Mock’s home in Northwest Albany Tuesday. Roughly 24 hours earlier, an unknown suspect attempted to break into the home by kicking in the same door, damaging the frame. Police have reported increased criminal activity in that area of Albany.
ALBANY -- Over the course of a couple of weeks, residents in the area surrounding Lake Loretta have seen an increase of criminal activity in their neighborhood.
Barbara Mock is no exception.
On Monday, Mock's husband left their Lynwood Lane home at about 2:45 p.m. while she was out shopping. At around 3:15 p.m., a neighbor saw a young white male with a black sweatshirt go through her yard and into her carport at a time the neighbor knew the house was empty.
The Mock home has an alarm system with motion detectors. The unknown suspect kicked down the back door -- which was secured with a regular lock as well as a deadbolt -- knocking over the Christmas tree behind it and setting off the alarm.
At the time, the Mocks' TV was on and a laptop was in plain site in the room the suspect had broken into. Nothing was reported missing, however.
"I thought that was pretty brazen of him to do it during the day," Mock said.
Immediately following the incident, the doorframe -- which had been completely pulled from the wall -- was repaired and both Mock and her husband drove around inquiring about the whereabouts of the suspect.
The incident follows at least one similar incident that occurred just before Christmas, in which a neighbor of the Mocks' was robbed during the day by a suspect matching the description of the one who broke into their home.
"I had the alarm on because of the other break-ins," Mock said. "Before, I had been lax (in turning the alarm on)."
The Albany Police Department said it has noticed increased burglary activity in that area, as well as many other neighborhoods in Albany.
"Three to four burglary reports have been filed in the last month," APD pokeswoman Phyllis Banks said of the northwest Albany neighborhood. "Detectives, along with uniformed officers, have worked diligently to develop a suspect and believe it is possibly a young white male with a low haircut. (The) APD would like to encourage citizens to report all suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Don't be afraid to call.
"You can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers, or you can report the information to dispatchers at (229) 431-2132."
The number for Crime Stoppers is (229) 436-TIPS (8477).
The APD is also looking into an incident at Mann's Storage on 21st Avenue, which may have happened as long as a month ago.
"An unknown person(s) cut the locks on 15 storage units. Eight were actually burglarized," an email from Banks stated Tuesday. "The initial investigation revealed that the suspects possibly drove through a side fence after cutting it and gained entry onto the property. The units that were burglarized were ransacked and what was taken has not been determined at this time."
Authorities are encouraging those with stored items in units to check on them frequently and make sure they are secured.