ABC 17 News confirmed Columbia police have responded to a string of four burglaries in the 800 and 900 block of Huntridge Drive on Christmas week. One victim who talked to ABC 17 News said the thieves managed to hit while he was sleeping.
According to police reports, the burglaries all happened sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
Marshall Reid, a sophomore MU student, said he went to bed Tuesday night and woke up the next morning to find the TV in the living room was gone.
“The only door that was open was the second story door on the balcony and that was unlocked,” he said. “So they had to have climbed up the balcony and then got in that way.’
Reid said he believes the thieves also took a ladder inside his home and used it to break into other homes through the balcony door entrance.
A safe, jewelry, laptop, purse, credit cards, video games and cash were among the items reported stolen to the police between the three houses.
Reid explained many of the houses are rented by college students, like himself, that are out of town for the holiday break. He said he and his roommates are double-checking their doors are locked from now on.
“I’m not worried about it for now. We’ve been hit once. It’s like lightning, I hope, we won’t get hit again for this semester at least,” he said. “And we’re talking about moving out next year. Since a lot of people in the cul-de-sac didn’t get hit, there’s not a whole lot of worry.”
Right now, Columbia police said they have no suspect description.