LCSO explains response to string of burglaries in Killearn area

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 06:15:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate what happened early Saturday morning in the Killearn Acres neighborhood.

Several vehicles were burglarized, and the suspects fired back at a homeowner who was following them.

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As you may have seen on social media, plenty of people have been talking about what happened. The sheriff's office told WTXL said it wants to correct some "misinformation" shared on social media about what happened.

That includes how and why deputies responded they way they did.

LCSO dispatched six units to the scene, the first one at 4:10 a.m. Saturday to Iron Liege Trail where a homeowner caught at least two people breaking into his vehicle.

A deputy arrived at Kingman Trail five minutes later, stopping short of another scene where the suspects crashed an SUV they were trying to steal.

That's part of protocol. It's what the sheriff's office calls a "tactical approach." Once the deputy surveyed the scene, other units were called in for backup.

The sheriff's office said most auto burglaries are "crimes of opportunity."

"Make sure that you take all your valuables out, so that it's not a valuable target for someone to come by. You know, we don't want people to be able to just walk by, open doors, and take out whatever is in there. Take your firearms out, take any valuables -- computers, your keys," said Deputy Dave Teems with the Leon County Sheriff's Office. "If you're going to park on the driveway and you're in a garage, take your garage door opener out, because if they can get in, they can get into your garage at that time and cause all sorts of other issues."

The sheriff's office says around 98 percent of auto burglaries it's responded to show "no signs of forced entry." That's been the case for each of the 13 incidents in the Killearn area over the past 90 days.

Deputies and state troopers are providing extra patrols in that area. The joint LCSO-TPD Property Crimes Task Force is working on this case.