Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PUBLIC SAFETY; Burglaries Deprive Homeowners of Property

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PUBLIC SAFETY; Burglaries Deprive Homeowners of Property

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer

The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating several burglaries in neighborhoods near Orange Park, resulting in the theft of thousands of dollars in property, including stereo equipment, power and hand tools, recreational equipment and other valuables.

In one case, a sailor was on duty with the U.S. Navy in Nevada when someone entered his garage on Flicker Drive and stole nearly $2,400 worth of property, including golf clubs, fishing rods and reels and a Toro lawn mower.

In a report filed by the sheriff's office, the incident likely occurred while the garage door was open after the sailor left for Nevada on Oct. 16. He returned Sunday and reported the theft the next day. His wife told officers she had not noticed the items were missing.

Several automobile burglaries also have been reported this week from residents in neighborhoods along Moody Road.

Some of the vehicles had been left unlocked by their owners overnight. On the other hand, the sheriff's office advises people to always lock their cars or trucks because thieves often bypass locked vehicles to avoid making any noise and drawing attention to themselves.

ORANGE PARK

More than $700 worth of tools, including power drills and saws, were reported stolen Monday from the bed of a Ford pickup truck parked in front of a home in the 2000 block of Dublin Court in The Meadows subdivision. The hard top of a bed cover was removed to gain access to the tools.

-- Property valued at $1,205 was stolen from a Honda Civic parked in front of a home in the 2000 block of Fernview Drive off Moody Road north of Peoria Road. The theft, which was reported Monday, included about 60 music compact discs, a bank debit card and a speaker box and stereo amplifier. The car had been left parked overnight unlocked. …

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