SAN ANTONIO -- Residents in a north-side neighborhood are fed up with a rash of burglaries and are taking matters into their own hands.
Sheila Carrola's home in the MacArthur Terrace was burglarized in broad daylight. Ever since, she has been rounding up other victims and has even offered a cash reward for any tips.
"It's getting really frightening for all the neighbors and they share that with me," Carrola said.
Carrola is not keeping quiet about the spike in crime.
"We're just blown away that it happened at noon," Carrola said.
After returning from getting a bite to eat, Carrola saw her front door was busted. She said the burglars made their way to her bedroom and took her most valued possessions.
"I had a jewelry armoire," Carrola said.
she said it was mostly filled with fashion jewelry that wasn't worth a whole lot, but that she also had family heirlooms that mean more to her than anything else.
"Now it's happening more," said Margarita Durek, another burglary victim in the MacArthur Terrace neighborhood.
Durek said the same thing happened to her this summer. In her case, tens of thousands of dollars were stolen, she said.
"They came into the house and ransacked it and just took so many thing that we couldn't believe," Durek said.
Carrola said the neighborhood needs more police on patrol. She is hoping to get residents together for a neighborhood watch.
In the meantime, she wants the burglars to know that she wants them caught.
Carrola said she will offer a reward from $250 to $500 for information on the burglaries. Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the SAPD North Substation at (210) 207-8126