Police in McKinney are investigating how a thief caught on camera managed to access a private, gated community early Monday morning.
It happened in the neighborhoods around Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, where the only access is by a locked, code-encrypted gate or by walking across the golf course.
“It’s invasive,” said Alden Gleason, who woke up to find his backseat window shattered and $4,500 worth of electronics missing, including his laptop. “He actually climbed into my vehicle to get into my glove box and console to see what else was in my car.”
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Gleason has turned over his home security footage to police, which shows a tall, thin man with a goatee casing his property, as well as walking up and down the neighborhood street looking in other cars.
In the video, the man is seen carrying a tool, likely a screwdriver and a flashlight.
Another neighbor reports having his pickup truck window shattered early Monday morning and several items of men’s clothing missing from the backseat.
Gleason says there may be a false sense of security in the gated neighborhood.
“It’s gated and surrounded by a golf course, so you’d think it’d be pretty secure. But people still find a way in.”
McKinney police say they are investigating several burglary of motor vehicle cases in that particular neighborhood from overnight.