Family in fear after home burglary
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local family is living in fear after their home was burglarized Monday morning.
The northwest Jacksonville neighborhood has been no stranger to crime this year. Alexis Laury says she's seen break-ins happen around her all the time, but she never thought it would be her home.
"I thought that I've been lucky," said Alexis.
Within a one-mile radius of Alexis Laury's home on West 29th Street, JSO's crime map shows there have been 523 burglary and theft related crimes reported so far this year.
"I've seen that house over there get broken into, the house next door to me," said Alexis.
But on Monday morning it was Laury's home. She lives with her boyfriend, three children of ages 10, 9, and 6-weeks-old and now has family from Ohio staying with her. Her younger brother was sleeping on the couch when the burglar broke in.
"A big boom," said Andre Laury as he described what it sounded like when the door was kicked down. "When I hear the boom I see light coming in, it was kind of dark and I crouched down a little bit more and I see a tall man with dreadlocks with a gun coming in."
Laury says the side door to her home was completely kicked down. The police report says the only thing taken was cash; cash that Laury says her family was saving to get their own place.
"There's nothing in my house for no one to take. Christmas, you learn from your past, you learn that you don't put gifts out," said Alexis.
Within the mile radius of West 29 Street, 242 homes have been burglarized this year. There have been 65 street robberies. Laury says she's grateful no one was hurt, but it was an unfortunate experience for her younger brother who's only been in town for two days.
"It startled me of course being that I've been in Ohio 17 years of my life and then come down here and it's something different, of course it makes me want to go back, but I mean I'll give it another try," added Andre.
If you have any information on this crime or others in the area, you should call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.
First for you, a couple of tips to keep your home and car safe this holiday season:
-Always make sure you lock up your car and house.
-If you're doing any holiday shopping make sure you put items in the trunk before parking at your destination.
-Never leave gift boxes outside of your home.
-Before leaving your home, leave a light on to give the impression that someone is home.
-Never post your plans to leave town on social media.
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