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Victim of car break-in warns others to be more careful

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-09 18:27:05-05

Nancy Felix has a good sense of humor, but she was scared when she saw her belongings tossed on her front lawn last week.

"I had a Bible. I was like, 'he should've taken the Bible,'" Felix joked.

Surveillance cameras around her family's home on Lyle Avenue show a man in a hoodie breaking into her car on Nov. 29.

At 5:30 a.m., he can be seen sneaking around their house, shining a flashlight into their three cars parked on the street.

He broke the window to Felix's car and stole her wallet that was tucked under the driver's seat.

Felix was getting ready to take her 9-year-old daughter to school when she first saw the damage. 

"There was a bunch of paper and things on the ground. I didn't even notice the window was broken until I looked up," Felix said. "It all kind of hit me at once."

Felix said the man took $200 from her wallet. Her credit cards and license were tossed a few blocks away from her home.

Felix called the police, then posted the video to Facebook to warn her neighbors.

It's been shared more than 200 times.

"I think we're up to almost 8,000 views, which is good because that's what we wanted," Felix said. "People are commenting and messaging me saying they've had similar things happen to them."

Felix hopes to make the man famous online to keep this from happening to someone else.

"The only thing that gives me comfort is that some people steal out of need, so maybe he needed that money," Felix said. 

Felix replaced her window and now keeps her car clear of anything that may catch the eye of a thief.

Her family is also parking the cars in their fenced-in backyard rather than on the street.

Ofc. Garen Bynum with the Waco Police Department said they are still looking for the suspect.

He added most car break-ins are crimes of opportunity and that you should make sure your doors are locked and that no valuables are left inside at all times.

Bynum said car burglaries are down across Waco. In 2018, there were 1,191 and in 2017 there were 1,247.

In a 1-mile radius of Felix's home, car burglaries are also down. In 2018, there were 58 and in 2017 there were 117. He said the last reported car burglary in her area was in September. 

If you have any information on the suspect seen in the surveillance video, you are asked to contact Waco Crime Stoppers at 254-753-4357.

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