It's something Stephanie Novak did not think would ever happen to her
Novak said one of her coworkers was on her way to lunch when she came across a startling discovery
"She notified me that my window had been smashed out in my car," Novak said.
Novak works in the pharmacy at the Walgreens on South Broadway in Tyler.
She said earlier this month she found the front passenger window of her SUV shattered.
"I immediately went out there and saw that my purse had been stolen," she said.
Novak said the burglars broke her window in broad daylight, right in the middle of the Walgreens' parking lot, around 4 p.m.
And Novak's car is not the only one that's been broken into. In fact in the South Tyler area, there has been a rash of car break-ins, 75 in the Tyler area within just the last three weeks.
One apartment complex on Old Bullard, got hit twice in less than two days.
And many people are making sure they protect themselves and their valuables.
"I have my wallet with me," said Stacey Adair. "That's my big, prize possession."
"Anything that's valuable, I always keep on me," said David Fleisher.
Novak said she won't be leaving her purse in her car anymore, but she will be more cautious about her surroundings.
"If we all watch out for each other, and be suspicious, maybe we can get these people off the street," she said.
Police have not arrested anyone, now, but they are encouraging residents to be more vigilant and to know their surroundings.
They also say to contact Tyler Police if you see any suspicious behavior.
Layron Livingston, KLTV 7 News firstname.lastname@example.org