Homes burglarized in Columbian Park neighborhood

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Terri Choncoa came home from work around 8:30 p.m. Monday, and found the peaceful house she left that morning had been turned upside down.

“I noticed my front door is unlocked, and I see that the back window is broken into and a whole bunch of stuff has been stolen,” said Choncoa.

Everything from laptops, video game consoles, even cash from her daughter’s piggy bank was stolen from her home on Everett Street.

Choncoa said the damage to her house and the stolen goods all add up to a hefty cost.

“Probably with the window being broken, the cash, the iPod, the Xbox, probably about a $1,000 or so,” said Choncoa.

Choncoa wasn’t the only one who walked into a ransacked home.

According to Lafayette police documents, multiple homes in that area have been broken into just this week, something neighbors never thought would happen.

“It’s a really quiet neighborhood, everybody works, you know, we’re all friendly over there,” said Choncoa. “Just to know there are people going around taking people’s stuff that they’ve worked hard for, it’s very frustrating.”

Choncoa said her neighbor witnessed two men wearing backpacks running from one of the homes, but he wasn’t able to get a clear description of the two.

Choncoa has since installed a security system in her home and she said residents are now keeping a close eye on the     neighborhood.

“Our neighborhood has actually been watching out for each other and driving by people’s houses,” said Choncoa. “So, hopefully we will get them and it stops.”

If you have any information on these burglaries, please call Lafayette police at 765-807-1200 or the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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