EUGENE, Ore. -- A woman has been cited after a string of break-ins near Autzen Stadium Saturday morning.
Police said Misty Bayer, 38, broke into two apartments at the Chase Village complex in Eugene. She was cited for two counts of first-degree criminal trespass and for second-degree criminal mischief. Police said Bayer was taken to the hospital as she reportedly had methamphetamine in her system.
As of now, she has not been booked into the Lane County Jail.
Residents who live at the complex told KEZI 9 News they see a solid group of 30 suspicious people prowling around their units, especially near the dumpsters.
Janina Rager is a crime prevention specialist with the Eugene Police Department. She said they see an uptick in break-ins and trespassing every summer due to people leaving their doors and windows open.
"They know people are going to leave their windows open for air, and so with those we are getting a lot more calls of people saying, hey, someone just crawled through my window or came in through my garage door... so forth," said Rager.
While some residents say they are not surprised by the break-ins, Will Kiu, another resident, said he's scared to learn this happened in his complex.
"I heard some noise on that day, but I didn't know what exactly it was," said Kiu. "It is absolutely not normal here -- like break-ins and stuff this is ... kind of feel this is safe residence area."
Rager said there are gadgets you can buy to arm your home and hopefully prevent these types of break-ins.
She said a quick search on Amazon will show hundreds of affordable options.
Rager also said being aware of people that don't look or act right near your residence is a great way to protect yourself.
"You know you're going to leave the doors open. You know you're going to leave the windows open. So just being aware," said Rager. "Make sure you're at least alerted somehow if someone is trying to come in through one of those areas."
She said if you see something you feel isn't right, you should call the non-emergency line right away.
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