Federal Way residents on edge after recent crimes

Federal Way residents on edge after recent crimes

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Recent crimes at a condominium complex in Federal Way have residents fed up and on edge. Nearly 35 residents gathered with police on Friday night to share their concerns and how to stop the trend.

According to residents, the most recent crime happened on Tuesday afternoon when a couple's condo was burglarized.

"I said, 'Oh, my God. It's been done,'" said victim Terance Toensfeldt.

Toensfeldt and his wife went to the store on Tuesday afternoon and when the couple returned, just 45 minutes later, they found personal items missing -- two laptops, coins and jewelry.

"What we had left we were wearing. One watch and my wedding ring -- that's all I have. All my wife has is one necklace and a pair of earrings," said Toensfeldt.

According to police, there have been 25 cases at the Lakeside Village Condos in the last year and a half, with the majority of calls for car prowls. Police consider that a low number compared to other neighborhoods but residents say it's still concerning.

"It's something to wake up and listen to," said resident Rob Zygowicz. "You wanna pay attention to it. Be more aware of your surroundings."

Residents say it's time to be vigilant about knowing who lives at the complex and who might be there to cause trouble.

"We know the sounds of the cars coming in and out. We listen to the engines going by. We know who's coming home late night," said resident Glenn Brooks. "We have to pay attention and stay alert all the time."