In Wake of Apartment Burglaries, Police Reiterate: Lock Your Doors

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Karris Harmon

Early Tuesday morning, the Tuscaloosa Police Department received multiple 911 calls from residents of The Hub apartment complex, with reports of a man rummaging through several residents’ belongings.

Chloe Fabiano, a resident at The Hub, said that they dodged a bullet.

“It could have been so much worse,” said Fabiano, “I’ll definitely be locking my door from now on.”

Assistant TPD Chief Steve Rice said home invasions can happen to anyone, and this should be a wake-up call for anyone who leaves their doors unlocked.

“A lot of folks think that when they’re sitting in their house, they’re untouchable,” said Rice. “I don’t think a lot of people, even in their own home, lock their doors. It just … makes it easy for (criminals).”

To stay safe and minimize the opportunity for break-ins, Rice said make sure your doors are locked and stay situationally aware.

“From walking up to your apartment to walking to your car after the grocery store, wherever you’re at — keeping your head on a swivel is absolutely vital for safety,” Rice said.

The suspect, Corey Rashidi Ruffins, was charged with resisting arrest and three counts of burglary in the second degree. His bond was set at $63,000.

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