The Victim: Bennett Rofsky

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24

Time: Between 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Location: 11700 block of High Forest

Someone snatched the rugby equipment.

Bennett Rofsky, 18, started playing rugby his freshman year at Jesuit High School. It was a good way to stay in shape for football season, and he also loved the action, physicality and finesse of the game. Unfortunately, some thief now has his rugby bag, jersey and even his mouthpiece — all taken in a recent break-in of his car.

“I always lock it and I’m pretty sure I locked it this time, too,” he says of returning to his family’s Forest Place home that night.

When his mother pulled in later, all the doors were open and his rugby bag was gone, along with some dress shirts and a knife. Rofsky says it was a bit weird knowing someone had rummaged through his personal property.

With his family’s Forest Place house located on a dead-end and closed off area, he believes the thief must have been roaming through the neighborhood looking for easy targets.

Dallas Police stress a “Take, Lock, Hide” approach when it comes to protecting a car from a possible break-ins. Take everything of value out of the vehicle, make sure all doors are locked, and hide anything that might have to be left inside.

“Criminals don’t take a holiday or get a day off. You must always remember that you can be the next victim,” says Dallas Police Major Bill Humphrey of the North Central Patrol Division. “Preventing crime is often as simple as realizing that it can happen to you and taking basic precautions to prevent it.”

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Block of Baxtershire where, sometime after 9 p.m. Nov. 1, a thief stole two side mirrors from a 2007 Chevrolet


Value of the navigation system stolen sometime after 5 p.m. Nov. 2 on the 6100 block of Prestonshire; the thief also ruined a $400 radio and console in the process


Number of side mirrors nabbed from a 2007 Chevrolet sometime after 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the 10700 block of Royal Park

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