Plano apartment break-ins have residents on edge

At string of break-ins at a brand new apartment complex in Plano have people who live there on edge. 

Since June, there have been nine break-ins through the front doors of apartments at the Gateway Crossing in Plano. 

Six that happened over the summer had Plano detectives working surveillance to try and catch the criminals in the act.

Then, the break-ins stopped. September was quiet, but the crooks didn't stay away, hitting two more apartments Oct. 12 and 15, and another this past Wednesday.

“All of the entrances to the apartment have been approximately the same M.O.: prying the front door open, targeting electronics, and it's all been during the daytime hours, when people have been typically working,” said Officer Allison McCann with the Plano Police Department.

Police aren't sure why the complex has become a target. 

It sits off a turnpike, which Plano police say gives the appearance of easy access for a crook.

“I think it's the way the apartments are designed,” said resident John Duncan. “Once you get inside the corridor to access your apartment, you're completely private.  No one can see you.”

The management company for Gateway Crossing, CFLane, provided just a brief statement saying their complex is working closely with Plano police.

John and his family have just noticed extra security this week, but they want to see surveillance cameras added and more communication to the renters about the break-ins that remain unsolved.

The complex does send emails to residents about the break-ins but not including much detail. 

The Duncans have asked people in the neighborhood to meet Saturday at 3 p.m. to talk about what they can do.

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