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Expensive Thanksgiving Weekend With Car Break-Ins

December 2, 2013, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Expensive Thanksgiving Weekend With Car Break-Ins
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thanksgiving weekend is meant to be a time for family and relaxation, but for some people in Sioux Falls, it turned into a very stressful weekend.

A number of car break-ins in the area of 15th Street and Summit Avenue have residents in that neighborhood wondering whether enough is being done to prevent the problem from getting worse.

"Nobody wanted to wake up to that at all. Thursday morning, I mean, thank goodness I didn't have to drive to my family in North Dakota," Beth Huso said.

Huso is cleaning up broken glass for the second time in three months. She woke up on Thanksgiving morning ready to spend her time with loved ones. She instead found herself experiencing déjà vu.

"Well, I started to cry because this is the second time that it has happened to me. I called my mom and she came over right away and tried to help me clean up the mess that it made," Huso said.

The break-ins have an entire neighborhood on notice, with some now taking extra precautions with valuables that might usually have be left in their cars.

"Last night, I unloaded all kinds of tools and equipment, boxes and boxes of stuff from my truck because I was afraid it would get stolen. I was afraid my windows would get smashed and all my stuff would get stolen," neighbor Dan Iverson said.

Iverson's vehicle wasn't broken into, but that isn't stopping him from takings steps to make sure he stays off the list of people hit hard by a car break-in.

"She's out over $500 and that's the second time for her. This guy right down the street, his stuff's all smashed," Iverson said.

Huso and Iverson both say if police increased their patrols and drove through the neighborhood more often, fewer people would be picking up glass.

"When something like this happens, I get very, very, very disappointed and discouraged about the efforts of the Sioux Falls Police and also about my neighborhood. I wish it was safer and I wish it was patrolled a lot more as well," Huso said.

Huso says she likes her neighborhood, but is considering moving away because of how often these break-ins are taking place.

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