String of Burglaries Has One Yuba City Neighborhood on Edge

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YUBA CITY --

Shattered glass, a wooden panel, a damaged frame -- all that's left of a once welcoming front door.

“It was about six o'clock in the morning, but was dark, I didn't know what time it was. I heard my doorbell ringing several times," said resident Alicia Tindel. "It woke me up.”

It was the wakeup call she says she won’t soon forget. Someone tried to break into her Tierra Buena neighborhood home Sunday morning.

"It's very scary, I felt very defenseless, and I felt unprepared," Tindel said.

While the would-be intruders didn't steal anything, they did take her peace of mind.

"We need to be reporting this stuff and communicating with each other," Tindel said.

And Tindel is not alone. Yuba City Police say there have been six burglaries in the Tierra Buena neighborhood since December, and two of them in broad daylight.

Lt. Tom Tappe, with the Yuba City Police Department, says law enforcement is trying to deter the criminals.

“If someone is entering a home during the daytime, that does show some aggression," Tappe said. "Sometimes they'll target a home they know is vacant, that the suspect reasonably believed no one is home. But when they begin to do that during the daytime, that becomes more alarming.”

Residents say the rash of burglaries is unusual for this neighborhood. Joseph Spallino lives down the street from Tindel.

"It's quiet you know, people I talk to around here, no one has had any problems until now," Spallino said.

The Yuba City police will increase their patrols around the neighborhood. The department also said it is investigating two people of interest that could be linked to some of the recent burglaries.

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