SAN ANTONIO - People who live in San Antonio's Great Northwest neighborhood are on the lookout for a pair of criminals. Men posing as landscapers tried to break in to a home off Timber Plain in broad daylight while a mother and her infant were inside.
"We have solicitors come by, but they don't aggressively knock," Nicole Flores said.
Flores knew that whomever was standing on the other side of her front door on Monday at 10:30 a.m. wasn't there to visit.
"I scooped up my baby and I took her to the back room and I laid her on the floor," Flores recalled.
A white work truck was parked in her driveway. Flores says that she heard two people talking near the front door, then grabbed a hand gun.
"I ran back to check on my baby and then I ran back to the front door to hear it creaking, like they were trying to pry it open," Flores said. "I had my handgun in [my right] hand and then I started pushing up against the door."
That's when the prying stopped.
Flores looked out her window moments later to see two men wearing reflective vests leaving in the white truck.
"I almost think they were kind of watching because my husband had just left to the grocery store," she said.
In these cases, police say that criminals might pose as workers looking for business.
"They'll knock on the door and, if they don't hear anything, if they don't get a response, if they don't hear anyone call out, or they don't hear a dog bark, then they'll try to force their way in," said Sgt. Jesse Salame, the public information officer with the San Antonio Police Department.
According to a Community Crime Map, in the last month alone, the area surrounding the Great Northwest had at least 20 burglaries.
Neighbors told Flores that through the Nextdoor app, a similar crime occurred in a nearby neighborhood.
"Somebody had posted that in the next neighborhood over, her son had an attempted break-in as well, exactly the same way," Flores said. "They tried prying off one of the knobs."
Police say these types of break-ins are rare and that there’s no need to panic over the incident.
"These burglars are looking for opportune targets. They're not looking to have confrontations. They want to get in, get out," Sgt. Salame explained. "If somebody knocks on your door, call out at them and tell them to go away."
Although these are rare occurrences, police say that you should make a safety plan with your family and determine what you will do if your home is targeted.
"You have the right to protect yourself. You have the right to protect your property and your family," Sgt. Salame said. "If somebody forces their way inside your house, you can defend yourself up to and including deadly force."
The Flores family replaced the doorknob and they also installed security cameras.
"It's always good to have back up safety plans. That's just the world we live in today. That's just how it has to be," Sgt. Salame noted.
The suspects are described as two Hispanic men, one of whom was wearing a baseball cap. They were driving a white truck filled with garden tools.
If you have any information on this case, call police.
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