Updated: 07/31/2014 11:40 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 2:38 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri/Staff
A Gates teen is facing charges after police say she entered a home during the overnight hours and stole items from inside.
Gabrielle A. Sabuncu, 18, of Gates, is charged with burglary. Police say she entered a home on Burben Way during the overnight hours and stole items.
Sabuncu is also facing grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property charges. Sabuncu and 22-year-old Ryan P. Williams, of Gates, were arrested on July 28 after police say Sabuncu was in possession of a stolen wallet from a car in the Walmart parking lot on Chili Avenue. Police say their investigation revealed that the two were in possession of numerous other items that had been stolen the previous night from vehicles on Burben Way.
Both were arraigned and sent to the Monroe County Jail. Sabuncu will be arraigned on the burglary charges when she appears in Gates Town Court for the previous charges.
According to Gates Police, these thefts are just part of a rash of break-ins. News10NBC spoke with the police chief about what residents can do to avoid becoming victims of thefts.
Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode says, "These are crimes of opportunity. Someone sees an open window or something valuable in the car."
"It is pretty frightening to know that someone came into your house when your were in bed sleeping."
The chief says they are seeing a rash of car and home break-ins. In most of the cases, police say, the suspects find unlocked doors, or open windows after spotting items that are easy to grab.
Chief VanBrederode says, "They typically stay in the kitchen area where people leave their personal property, like their wallets and keys, and they are in and out in a couple of minutes."
We spoke with neighbors who say they are concerned with what's going on in their neighborhood.
"This is a quiet street the neighbors usually watch out for each other."
Chief VanBrederode has some tips so you don't become a victim. Keep an eye out for anyone walking around whom may seem out of place.
"The best defense is to eliminate the opportunity, keep everything locked up."
He also says, if you see something, say something. It is better to call police with any unusual behavior and let them check it out, even if it turns out to be nothing.