A rash of daytime burglaries came to a head when the city of Campbell sent out their first nonemergency message this week.
The community notification message was sent out June 6, spurred lively conversations on facebook.
Campbell Councilman Rich Waterman said on his facebook status that he was walking his dogs on June 5 at around 6 p.m. over to . Not 25 minutes later, he got a call from one of his long-time neighbors.
"In broad daylight, someone breaks into the house and walks out front with big screen TV," he says on facebook.
Apparently, the burglar had Waterman's computer and costume jewelry already in pillowcases but was spooked off by his neighbors, he says.
"It was still pretty light out," Waterman says. "Unbelievable."
Along with his television, his camera was also stolen. He's just relieved that his dogs were with him and not at home.
Waterman's neighbors were also burglarized just weeks prior to this.
"I've lived here since 1995 and have never had an issue like this," he says. "These things happen but I think there might be a rash."
The neighborhood had just attended a June 8 meeting to be part of the movement to form in Campbell.
"I'm OK," Waterman says. "There's been a lot of emails. People get a little more worried. We're more vigilant; hightened alert."
Here is the exact text send out by CodeRED:
"The Campbell Police Department would like to take this opportunity to provide residents... a description of a burglary suspect and suspect vehicle that have been seen in the residential neighborhoods east of Bascom Avenue.
Since May, the Campbell Police Department has received reports of four residential burglaries, and one attempted residential burglary in the neighborhood. These crimes occurred between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm while the residents were away from their homes.
The most recent burglary occurred on Ridgeley Avenue and was interrupted by quick-thinking neighbors who noticed the suspicious activity.
The suspect was described as a Caucasian Male adult in his late 20's to early 30's, 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds. He was wearing a Black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, light colored running shoes and a dark colored baseball cap.
The vehicle he was driving was described as a 2000-03 series GMC or Chevy Trailblazer SUV type vehicle. The vehicle was pewter grey in color and had a full size spare tire on the right front wheel. This tire differed from the other three alloy style rims on the vehicle.
A Caucasian female adult with brown hair was seen in the front passenger seat of this vehicle as it fled the scene.
Should you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please immediately call the at 408-866-2101. If you notice a crime in progress, call 911 immediately.
Remember to be extra diligent about locking your doors and keeping watch over your neighborhood.
This is an informational message only and no additional action needs to be taken at this time."