Thieves hit cars across La Villa

Series of Break-Ins Cause Resident to Create Neighborhood Watch

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La Villa - Lupita Garcia is a military veteran. Garcia has live in La Villa for the past 8 years.

She says she'll do whatever it takes to keep her neighborhood safe.

"I raised a family there, my youngest is 24 now. But I had my youngest graduate out of La Villa. We were from Elsa. But I raised a family and I have two granddaughters living with me," Garcia said.

Garcia reporter a string of car break-ins in her neighborhood last week. The crimes prompted her to start a neighborhood watch program. She made it possible through usaonwatch.org

"We've downloaded all the paperwork already. We're reading all the rules to make sure we don't do anything wrong. And, we are going to have a committee."

Garcia and neighbors gathered at the VFW building in Elsa to get residents up to speed.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Sergeant JP Rodriguez, tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the agency supports the idea of neighborhood watch programs.

Rodriguez says a "a positive partnership with people we protect and serve is the strongest resource for a safe community, and to fight the 'criminal element.'"

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