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Thieves target same family 6 times in 6 months

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One family has seen more than its share of thieves and burglaries after the crooks continued coming back multiple times.

It had been a couple of months since thieves were in the Humes Heights backyard. But this time, the homeowners were prepared for them to come back. They had added locks and even a new shed. 

But, Wednesday night, it didn't stop the thieves from breaking in.

Six times in six months, thieves have swiped lawn equipment from Molly Fitzpatrick's backyard. The tools once lived under a tarp, but were soon moved to a locked shed. 

But, even the locked shed didn't stop the thieves.

"This time was a little more damaging. They tore boards off of our fence rather than jumping it," Fitzpatrick said.

When one man could not cut through the lock, he managed to wedge himself between the two doors. A camera inside the shed shows the lengths, and struggle, it took to get a leaf blower, weed eater, and chainsaw out of the shed.

But, for the homeowners, what is even more concerning than replacing their items is question of the unknown. 

"And now have to replace everything again, not knowing if they are going to come back," Fitzpatrick said. 

While they may not have dodged the cameras, Fitzpatrick believes the pair of thieves are smart. They time their break ins to the train horns and they remain disguised in their dark neighborhood. 

Despite spending several hundred dollars replacing stolen equipment, not everything is still missing.

"They've brought us back things they've taken, just pieces of like our lawn mower," Fitzpatrick said.

Now, the Fitzpatrick's backyard is equipped with motion sensors. It helps to light up the area now and she hopes the city might do the same thing. She wants the city to add more lighting to the area to brighten things up.

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