Robin Jackson said she heard a crash Thursday morning around 9 a.m., after her husband had gone to work and her children left for school.
It was the sound of a concrete slab being tossed through a back window.
“I thought it was my husband come back because he forgot something. I yelled out his name, and I guess they ran out,” she said. “They didn’t expect anyone to be home.”
Jackson said it was a close call.
“I’m glad I didn’t run into them,” she said about the burglars. “I don’t have a weapon.”
Crime has increased in the subdivision since she moved in about 18 months ago, Jackson said.
“This is the second burglary this week,” she said.
Residents have dogs and alarm systems, Jackson said, but no neighborhood watch.
“I may bring that up to the homeowners association,” she said.
The week’s first burglary resulted in Cobb County police rounding up eight teenagers, she said.
Park Walk is located west of Smyrna near Hurt Road Park.
Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspects who broke into the Jackson residence may be truants.
“Adults will kick in the door,” he said. “Kids go around the back.”
Pierce recommended “keeping eyes on your neighbors,” by calling 911 if children are seen loitering during school hours.
Jackson said the suspects may be entering through a fence next to an apartment complex, seeking lightweight items like cash, jewelry, video games and iPads.