For many, this time of year is the holiday season. But for law enforcement, it’s burglary season.
There have already been several warnings issued by police agencies across Western New York reminding everyone to not leave valuables in sight in their vehicles, lock their vehicle doors, keep their homes locked, and to not leave packages on their porches.
Town and City of Tonawanda Police made two unrelated arrests Thursday that they saw were crimes of opportunity.
The first occurred around 1:15 a.m. on the 2700 block of Colvin Boulevard. A witness spotted two people walking up and down driveways, testing to see if a car was locked or not.
Officers say when they arrived, they found several vehicles had been entered and items were stolen.
Kyle Carter, 22, was caught running through backyards in the City of Tonawanda. He is charged with second degree criminal trespass and obstruction of governmental administration. Additional charges are pending.
The second arrest occurred around 12 hours later. Officers were called to Idlewood Drive in the Town of Tonawanda for a burglary in progress.
Officers could hear people inside the home when they arrived. The burglars took off running.
Police caught the married couple, 29-year-old Erik Glover and his wife, 28-year-old Harvest, and charged them with four burglaries between Monday and Thursday.
Again, law enforcement reminds everyone to use caution this holiday season, to lock their homes and cars, to make sure they don’t become crime victims.