Alva burglaries leave neighborhood on edge

Posted at 6:52 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 18:52:29-05

ALVA, FL - Residents in an Alva neighborhood are on edge after a rash of burglaries happened there early Thursday morning.

Lee County deputies responded to a call at subdivisions on Waylife and Safe Harbor Courts, where burglars broke into at least four cars.

According to a police report, burglars stole a gun in one car. They also stole other valuables like cameras and power tools in other vehicles.

John Moore, a 15 year resident of the neighborhood says living there is like living in "paradise."

"It's normally very nice, very quiet, very friendly," said Susie Stokes, a 2 year resident on Waylife Ct.

Many of the residents claim to go nights without locking their cars or their garage because of the safety and security they feel living there.

But now, the event is servicing as a wake up call to everyone on the block.

"Haven't done it since I've been here in 1998 but today, I guess I'll just have to start doing that," Mike May said referring to locking his car.

He adds that because his street gets very dark at night, he's going to get a security light back on, "so at least we'll have a street light on this road."

At this time, no suspect has been named in the burglaries. If you have any information, you are urged to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office.