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Series of car break-ins trouble Bellevue neighborhood

Posted at 10:30 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 08:25:01-05

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — It's the most recent incident in a string of car thefts, thieves going door-to-door seeing what they can get away with at a Bellevue neighborhood.

Leawood Oaks neighbor Tiffany Preston wasn't planning on starting her Sunday with a 6 a.m. wake-up call from her bank.

"[The bank said], 'hey, by the way, are you sure you have all your cards?' We have a ton of fraudulent stuff on your account," Preston said.

Her family's white Chevy truck had been broken into, somebody found Tiffany's wallet inside and went on a shopping spree at Walmart and Bakers.

"Two hundred, three hundred, five hundred, six hundred on all of our cards," Preston said. "Police say the stores are Walmart and Bakers on Ames, which isn't near Bellevue."

Preston went to social media to warn her neighbors through a Bellevue Facebook group. Other people in the Leawood Oaks neighborhood have had this problem.

Home security video from the area shows two people sprinting driveway to driveway checking cars to see if any were unlocked the morning after Christmas. A third person set up as a look-out.

"I feel like part of me wants to be angry and upset," Preston said.

Her family of six had a rough 2018. They endured car accidents, a fight with cancer, two broken backs--one hers, all while she was getting back to work. This break-in is not how she wanted 2019 to start.

"It's the straw that broke the camel's back, especially for our family," Preston said. "I think it's been a rough year for us."