Big Screen TV Thefts on the Rise

By: Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - "We are up to like 14 residential burglaries in the west northwest part of town" Sgt. David Garcia with the Midland Police Department said.

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, a rash of burglaries involving TV's.

"We have the super bowl coming up and we have all this big screens just floating around being sold on the street for pennies on the dollar," Garcia said.

He says TV's are often sold for narcotics or cash.

"If someone that comes up to you with a 52 inch HD TV that you know is worth at least 3 thousand dollars and they are selling it to you for a couple hundred something is not right," Garcia said.

Garcia also tells us that it's important to take steps to safeguard your TV from criminals.

"Be sure to register name, model number, serial number, you will be surprised how many folks don't have that information on hand," Garcia said.

He says while it may take a few extra minutes but recycling the box your TV comes in is an important safe guard.

"Take the time to just load it in your car and drop it off in one of these places to get recycled it may take a little extra time but it may save you a lot of money and keep your house from getting broken into."

And come Sunday, your TV will be right where you left it.