Panic In Pleasant Farms, Neighbors Fight Back 7/14/13
CBS 7 News
July 14, 2013
ECTOR COUNTY-Dozens of homes have been hit by burglars in Pleasant Farms and it's causing a panic, but neighbors say they're taking back their streets.
“I came home and my door had been messed with, and I said to my friend, ‘Someone has been in my house,” said Pam Rhodes, a founder of the Pleasant Farms neighborhood watch.
Pam lives ten miles south of Odessa off Hwy. 385 in the sleepy community of Pleasant Farms, which a few hundred people call home. Like many on her street, Pam’s home was recently broken into.
“I was very, very angry,” Rhodes said of when she learned of the break-in. “They were on my bed, they even messed up the covers.”
Rhodes tells us four people have been caught--but the burglaries continue, instead of being scared...they are taking action with a neighborhood watch.
They hit the streets on foot and behind the wheel--armed with binoculars and an eye for anything out of the ordinary.
"We've just gotten way too many burglaries, so we are getting together and watching the streets,” said Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Crystal Biles.
One look at the community's Facebook page shows just how widespread the panic is--posts about suspicious activity and break-ins as the watch tries to keep everyone safe.
“There’s nothing that goes on in this community anymore that someone isn’t aware of,” Rhodes said. “And they make everyone else aware of it as well.”
Rhodes has a tough message for those responsible.
"They're going to walk into the wrong house at the wrong time and they're not going to take it kindly,” Rhodes said. “They’re going to hurt them or worse.”
The Ector County Sheriff's Department asked not to release specifics of what items were taken in the robberies as there is an ongoing investigation.
If you live in the area and want to join in on the neighborhood watch, just type “Pleasant Farms” into your Facebook search bar and ask to join the group.