String of recent burglaries unnerve town of Glen

September 13, 2017 11:36 PM

GLEN -- “Times have changed,” said Town of Glen Fire Chief J.D. Downing. “Every year it changes more and more drastically.”

Downing is concerned that the small town he calls home is changing for the worse and becoming less safe after a string of recent break-ins.

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“My brother had weapon stolen out of his house,” Downing said.

His mother, Sandy Knapik, said her house was ransacked last year.

“They found some money I had stashed away for Christmas,” Knapik said. “They took a lot of my jewelry. to good jewelry and costume jewelry and then went into my medicine cabinet in my bathroom and they took some old medications I had of been a cabinet.”

During a forum for concerned residents Wednesday night, a Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy said thieves are taking things that are quick and easy to steal.

Firefighter Jason Mormile's home was the most recent target.

Burglars tried getting into his house a week before Labor Day.

“They actually never even got into the house because I have a security system I think the alarm scared them away,” Mormile said. “Before they actually made entry to the house.”

Some victims, including Denise Krohn, said the burglaries are happening during the day or early evening.

Krohn lives in the town of Florida, just next door to Glen.

Burglars killed her dogs when they broke into her home over a year ago.

“I guess what’s interesting is that so many of the break-ins are very similar in nature so there is that thing, the neighborhood watch, we need to know what’s going on in our neighborhood,” Krohn said.

In a town where people left their doors unlocked not too long ago, they are being encouraged to be more vigilant.

“If you see something say something. Call the Sheriff’s Department, talk to your neighbors,” Mormile said.

Downing said he knows of five break-ins that occurred in the Town of Glen within the last year.

He said the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and State police could account for a different number of burglaries.

He is hoping for better communication with police and the community.

“The State Police investigator should be talking with the Sheriff’s Department investigator,” Downing said.

Law enforcement officials are encouraging people to be extra cautious, lock all doors, install alarm systems and alert police about suspicious activity. 


Nia Hamm

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