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Burglars Take Garage Door Opener and Break Into Home

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The 900 hundred block of South Johnson Street is usually a safe area of Kennewick, at least to according to those living in the neighborhood.

But that wasn't the case this time around.

"I noticed some stuff missing, and didn't think anything of it, until I woke up the next morning and noticed a lot more stuff gone," said Jennifer Carter, whose house was broken into.

This is how it all started the suspect first got in the car which was unlocked, then grabbed the garage door opener and clicked away to get inside the home.

"There's so much opportunity when someone has access to your house and they don't have to force entry, so pushing that garage door button makes it even easier," said Sergeant Trevor White, with the Kennewick Police Department.

And in this case it did. Carter says among some of the stolen property were $900 in rent money, a TV and a DVD player. Still she's glad no one was hurt.

"In a way they're just things, you know, and they can be replaced, I wasn't hurt my daughter wasn't hurt, you know we still have a roof over out head, we have to look at it like that," said Carter.

Carter says this wasn't the first time she left her car unlocked, but police say it's better to be safe than sorry.

"If we can encourage people you know, don't be paranoid just be safe and put things out of sight and out of mind," said White.

Words of advice carter says the neighborhood is starting to follow.

"I know that a couple of my neighbors have said, oh my gosh, you know we leave our car unlocked too, so they're starting to lock them cause it never seemed like it would happen," said White.

Words of advice Carter says the neighborhood is starting to follow.

"I know that a couple of my neighbors have said, oh my gosh, you know we leave our car unlocked too, so they're starting to lock them cause it never seemed like it would happen," said Carter.

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