Bold burglar destroying houses in Oak Cliff

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 5 at 4:36 PM

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DALLAS — In the 1700 block of Marfa Avenue, not far from the VA Hospital and DART's Blue Line, a bold burglar has left residents incensed.

"I hate the guy," said resident Hollis Franklin. "This used to be a nice section to live in, but he has gone and tore out all these houses."

A few doors down, Anita Sherrone Heller just moved in after buying her first house.

"We're just trying to make it," she said, "And they're just tearing up things."

Vandals hit her home before she could even move in, ripping out plumbing, stealing shower fixtures and more.

"They stole the sink — anything that can be sold for scrap," Heller said standing in her kitchen alongside a huge hole in her countertop.

Burglaries aren't new in this South Oak Cliff community, but neighbors said the amount of destruction left behind is rare.

Franklin almost caught the man breaking into his home.

"I probably would have stabbed him," he said.

Across the street, Ida Ruth Proby, 93, rarely leaves home because she fears her home will be targeted next.

"That's right," she said. "I went to church one Sunday and came back and somebody had broken in."

Dallas Police said officers investigated 14 burglaries in the neighborhood last year — more than once a month.

Still, police pointed out, the 2010 total is three fewer than the year before.

Investigators have identified a person of interest.

Franklin and his neighbors hope police catch the perpetrators before they do.

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