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Crime Trackers: Car thieves hit Catalina home twice in a week

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TUCSON-A pair of thieves hit a house twice in a week. It happened in the community of Catalina just north of Tucson.

Pima County Sheriff's Department said, the thieves were checking for unlocked vehicles.

Lorea Mitchell said, "I was shocked that it would happen twice."

She learned the hard way, video surveillance from Wednesday August 2, showed a man trying to break into her car, but was scared off when the alarm went off. The video showed lights flashing from the front windshield.

A week later, detectives said there was another break-in, this time a woman. 

"My husband left both his trucks unlocked, and the woman got into both his trucks and into our garage," Mitchell said.

The video surveillance showed the woman with a bag going into the second truck and going through the console. She got into the garage because the garage door opener was in the truck. Detectives said, she stole a very expensive bike, but more importantly she stole their sense of security.

"It makes you really nervous that they'll come back or something like that."

Sheriff's Deputy Cody Gress said he can't stress enough for people to lock their doors, and to keep valuables out of sight.  "Basically, not inviting and attracting these criminals to do something so simple and really so invasive in someone's life as to breaking into their vehicle. It really could be prevented just by locking the door."

If you recognize the man or woman in this surveillance video call 911 or 88-CRIME. 

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