Burglaries in The Dominion have residents on alert
Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was victimized.
By Michelle Mondo, Staff Writer
A recent bump in burglaries in The Dominion, including one at the home of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose Air Force Academy class ring was stolen, has some residents on alert and the homeowners association working with police to find the culprits.
According to police data, since the start of the year there have been 11 burglaries and four thefts in the enclave known for its high-profile residents, pricey homes and tight security.
“We've sent out periodic updates on the burglaries themselves and (have been) advising residents on how to better protect themselves and secure their property,” said Rob McDaniel, the homeowner association's general manager.
McDaniel said several of the burglaries involved the thieves breaking in through a glass door.
That's what happened at Popovich's home in February when the Spurs were on the annual rodeo road trip.
A person doing rounds checked on the house and saw an open gate, which was suspicious, a police report said. Inside the gate a glass door was broken, the report said.
One room was ransacked, the report said. Aside from the coach's ring, a diamond bracelet also was stolen. Popovich declined to comment.
A spokesman for Pastor John Hagee, another well-known resident, didn't return a call for comment late Friday afternoon. It wasn't clear late Friday if any homes in Hagee's name were burglarized as well.
Overall, home burglaries and thefts are down citywide compared to this time last year by about 22 percent, according to crime statistics on SAPD's web site.
In the Northwest Side area that's covered by police assigned to the Prue Substation — where The Dominion is located — there have been 453 burglary-of-habitation cases and 1,564 larceny/theft cases since Jan. 1, according to the statistics.
Citywide, there have been 1,959 habitation burglaries and 7,671 larceny/theft cases, during that same time period.
Police spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez said crime prevention specialists will come out to a person's home to do a survey and offer tips about security and safety.
And while burglaries don't involve physical injury, “it's still an invasion” and obviously upsetting for the victim, she said.
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