Rash of Burglaries Strikes Goldsmith

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

A rash of overnight burglaries shook up a Goldsmith neighborhood and have people there on high alert.

"Shock, really," said burglary victim Amber Guynes. "Nobody believed anything like that would happen."

The folks who live in the neighborhood of campers right behind the Goldsmith Fire Department tell us until now, they've never felt the need to lock their doors. But now they say the whole town is on edge.

"We've been leaving our campers unlocked, our vehicles unlocked because we didn't have any worries until now," said Todd Thomas.

"The sad thing is, it's happened once and we're afraid it's going to happen again," Guynes said.

This camp site is home to a community of employees who came to Goldsmith in July to work at the Notrees Windfarm. Between midnight and 5:00 a.m., thieves opened car doors taking music equipment, car accessories, and money.

"There's five in a row in the same location, that makes it more of a targeted area," said Sgt. Duesler with the Ector County Sheriff's Dept.

Todd Thomas lost about $2,000 in valuables, plus a hunting rifle.

"I'm a country boy," Thomas said. "I'm from Marion, Texas. I'm out on this job site to do my job. I've never had to worry about locking up my camper here."

The Sheriff's Department is planning to continue interviewing the victims and searching local pawn shops.

"We'll talk to some of the residents who live in the area and see if they saw anything," Sgt. Duesler said. "These things do take a little time to put together. Let this be a warning to everybody that you just can't do it. You can't leave your vehicle unlocked. Period."

That's advice folks in the campgrounds plan to take.

"I think everybody is going to heed the warning," Guynes said. "I think everybody is going to start locking everything up. It's a horrible thing, but I think you think twice about being so trusting, which is sad."