Break-Ins at Daycares

Break-Ins at Daycares
By: CJ Cassidy

C

ape
G
irardeau police investigate a rash of vehicle break
-
ins outside several daycare centers.

S
o far investigators do not have any suspects
,
and now they want your help tracking down the person or persons responsible.

P

olice say when parents drive up to drop off or pick up their children
,
they tend to leave their cars running and their doors unlocked
,
and that's when the suspect or suspects make their move
.

O
ne woman who had her purse stolen says it was so traumatizing
,
she wants to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else out here again.

"U

sually
I
'm lucky if
I
have
$ 2.00
in my purse
, and
this was one of the few times
I
had money in my purse
," B
randelin
F
razier
says.

Frazier

doesn't consider herself lucky anymore.

N
ot after becoming the latest victim in a rash of car break
-
ins outside three
C
ape
G
irardeau day care centers.

"I

t's not even the money
,
I
had pictures of my kids
, I
had to take day off work filling out paperwork getting cards replaced getting my driver's license done
," Frazier says.

Fr
azier's one of seven victims whose cars have been broken into since late
D
ecember.

Sgt. Barry Hovis with the C
ape
G
irardeau
P
olice
Department
say
s
the thief acts so quickly, the victims don't even realize they've been robbed until later on.

"D

aycare
employees
need to remind customers to lock their vehicles when they're getting out
," Hovis says.

T
hat's exactly what
W
ee
C
are
D
ayare
D
irector
D
enise
R
oop hopes to do,
as she sends out
letters of warning.

R
oop says cameras in the building monitor the children inside
,
now, she says they may consider tighter security outside.

F
razier says that would go a long way in easing her fears.

"I

have an older son in school
, and
sometimes in the afternoon
I
'll run in and leave him
, so
what if my children would have been in there
,
they could have been hurt
," Frazier says.

P

olice say if you have any information you think might help
, call them at (
573
)
335-6621.

T
hey also say stay aler
t,
lock your doors
,
and don't leave your valuables behind in the car, even if it's for a short time.