DeKalb County

‘You feel unsafe in some way’: Police investigating car break-ins in DeKalb County neighborhood

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Neighbors in one DeKalb County neighborhood have spent the past week replacing their car windows.

Seemingly dozens of cars were broken into in Decatur, during a rash of recent break-ins.

“This is a beautiful place to live,” neighbor Santana Herrera told Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon. “We’ve been living here 40 years and nothing happened, never anything like this.”

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It’s something Santana and his wife Miriam told us, left them stunned.

“It’s shocking. You feel unsafe in some way,” they said.

Early last week, they found two of their cars broken into. They showed us pictures of the driver’s side windows – shattered.

“I was ready to go, to open the door of the car and I saw the perfect cut on the windows,” said Miriam.

And they were far from the only victims.


Seemingly dozens of other cars were broken into early that same morning, in the Medlock Park neighborhood of Decatur.

In a strange twist, all of the neighbors say the criminals took nothing from their cars.

“They didn’t open the glove compartment. They didn’t touch anything. Everything was the way it was. They just broke the windows,” said Miriam.

The Herreras already spent 800 dollars to replace their windows, and they wonder if the criminals did it all -- just for fun.

“I feel disappointed that it happened,” said Santana. “But that’s part of the reality of society.”

Channel 2 Action News reached out to DeKalb police, but there is no word on any suspects.

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