Local man has car window smashed at Lake Zorinsky


    OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A local man is now looking for answers after someone broke into his car at a popular park in Omaha.

    "Big hole punched into the window," described Paul Baltes.

    It's not something he wanted to see.

    "As I was walking back up, I knew exactly what had happened."

    Baltes says the damage happened this past Wednesday morning. He had parked at Lake Zorinsky to do some kayaking before work. Shattered glass from his window is still scattered in one of the lots.

    "I was racking my brain trying to think of what I had in the car, and I remembered I had left my gym bag on the passenger seat."

    In addition to the broken window, items were stolen from his car. Among those items include an iPod dock, a swimsuit and goggles.

    "They were my favorite goggles."

    Baltes believes he'll have to pay more than $200 to get his car fixed up. He says what happened to him is a reminder thieves can strike anywhere and anytime.

    "It's an inconvenience to have to fix the glass."

    According to Omaha Crime Mapping stats, what happened to Baltes is not an isolated incident. Records show more than a half dozen incidents ranging from vandalism to theft in the area surrounding Lake Zorinsky in the last four weeks.

    Omaha police say you can't prevent crooks from breaking in to your car 100 percent of the time, but there are things you can do to limit your chance of becoming a victim. This includes locking your car doors and storing your valuables somewhere other than your car.

    "It's something I guess we just have to remember to keep stuff out of sight."

    Baltes says you never know when that advice just might help you out. Archive records show Lake Zorinsky is a popular place for thieves. One year there were 21 reported thefts of something valued at $200 or more. That was during a six month span.

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