Apartment Robberies Dry Up: Police Warn Tenants To Stay Vigilant

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- There’s positive news to report regarding a string of north side apartment robberies from December, January and February that had tenants nervous and afraid.

Police have not caught the suspect believed to be causing all the trouble.

But Fort Wayne P.D. says the attacks have stopped, and that residents probably deserve part of the credit.

At least seven robberies happened in four different complexes, including a brutal one at Woodbridge Apartments in early February, in which a man was pistol-whipped with a gun.

Police think the same robber might be responsible for each of the crimes, oftentimes lying in wait in darkened parking lots to spring on his victims as they returned home or approached their vehicle to leave.

Police say media coverage helped alert apartment tenants to the danger, and officers worked with the local apartment association on crime prevention education programs.

Officer Raquel Foster/Fort Wayne Police Department: " We were able to visit some of the complexes and offer some training, partner with some of the complexes and meet with residents and offer some safety tips and suggestions, and I do believe that was an excellent formula to provide them with information and how to take care of themselves."

It’s not clear if the robber decided to “lay low” for a while because of all the media attention.

Police are glad the robberies have gone away for whatever reason.

But they say people still need to be keeping an eye out for suspicious people and activity in apartment complexes, in case the incidents start back up again.

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