Kingsburg shaken by a series of home burglaries

FRESNO, Calif.

In the latest incident, the homeowner had a gun pointed at his head. The homeowner reported that the burglars told him to get out of his house or they would shoot him.

Because of this crime and other recent burglaries many residents tell Action News they no longer feel safe in their own homes.

"It makes me nervous because I didn't really realize that this kind of thing has been going on for a while," said neighbor Kara Castro.

She has lived on Howard Street since the subdivision was built a decade ago. Her idea of safety and security has been turned upside down after her neighbor came banging on her door Tuesday morning. "When I opened the door he was out of breath, and just said they had a gun to my head, call 911 someone's in my house."

Kingsburg Police think the thieves ran away just as fast as the victim.

"We live in Kingsburg, it's a nice little town," Bob Winslow said. "I've been here a long time, but this is happening way too often." Just last week he also fell victim to burglars.

He told Action News the criminals hopped his fence and smashed in his glass door. He said they stole a few of his guns and other valuables.

They would have taken more, he said, but he thinks he interrupted them, just like his neighbor did. But, he was lucky enough the crooks left before they came face to face. "I know that I kinda spooked them when I got home," he said.

Kingsburg Police Chief Jeff Dunn said the department has taken notice of the crime pattern. He said the neighborhood may be a target because of its proximity to county roads, which can be an easy escape route.

"There is a big concern and we share that concern," Chief Dunn said.

But he said the number of home burglaries citywide is about the same as previous years. Still the department is stepping up patrols in the area.

So far, police have made no arrests in these burglaries.

Police say the best way to prevent them kind of crime is by reporting anything or anyone suspicious in your neighborhood.

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