The Camden Live Oaks apartment complex in Tampa Palms is still being targeted as a burglary destination for local thieves.
The complex on Amberly Dr. has been struggling with burglaries in recent months, with the most recent attempt on February 3, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. The burglars again cut an opening in the screen and attempted to enter the apartment through the bathroom window, but were kept out by window stops that prevented the window from opening enough for a person to gain access through. There are currently no leads in this case.
Besides this occurrence, the Tampa Police Department (TPD) says there have been five burglaries in the apartment complex since Christmas Eve. The thieves usually entered the apartments by cutting the patio screen enclosures and entering through a sliding glass door.
There also were break-ins at the same apartment complex earlier last year in which burglars entered by smashing bedroom windows or by kicking in the front door.
Before Feb. 3, the last reported burglaries at the apartment complex, located at 5100 Live Oaks Blvd. off of Amberly Dr., took place on January 14. The unknown suspects gained access to the interior of three different apartments late at night by prying open the sliding glass doors.
According to TPD spokesperson Lisa Timmer, all but one of the burglaries at the apartment complex has taken place during the weekend.
TPD currently has no leads on any of the burglaries, although some fingerprints have been lifted by the TPD Crime Lab.
Anyone with information regarding the crimes at Camden Live Oaks is urged to call TPD Detective G. McClain at 931-6539. — Matt Wiley & Sean Bowes
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