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Burglars struck community while homeowners slept

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ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas community fell victim to an overnight burglary spree. At least six homeowners on County Road 3009 in Anderson County woke up to find their garages and sheds broken into. Thousands of dollars worth of items have reportedly been stolen, and homeowners said the neighborhood was asleep as the burglars loaded up the stolen goods.

"This just makes you sick to your stomach. It's amazing that they got in here and got out of here without somebody hearing them or seeing them," said Dennis Baker, a burglary victim.

Baker said the thieves targeted garages, sheds and boat houses. A beat-up lock marks where the thieves entered his garage.

"The trunks were open. My pick-up was open. The doors were open. That's when I found out my gun was missing," Baker said.

His pistol wasn't the only thing stolen. Baker's four wheeler, GPS, and welding tools were missing. His golf cart and motor home also suffered damage.

"I'm guessing $3,000 to $4,000 at my house," Baker said.  

Authorities were able to locate some of the stolen items, like Baker's four wheeler, in the woods surrounding the community. They believe the suspects used that area to load up the goods before driving away.

"They must have packed it all back there. I don't know how they did it without making a lot of noise," said Baker.

Orville Haggard said he heard a strange noise outside around midnight and woke up to find items in his shed stolen. He says next time, the thieves may not be so lucky.

"I don't know about anyone else, but I got a gun over here, and had I known, they might have been dodging a bullet or two before it was all over with," said Haggard.

"It's Christmas time, and that's usually when a lot of it takes place," said Charles Connor, the Anderson County Deputy Sheriff.

Authorities are warning all homeowners to be on alert.

The homeowner's association is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the thieves. If you have any information on these burglaries, contact the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

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