Police Offer Tips After Attempted Home Break In

March 17, 2014
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Authorities in Franklin County are using an attempted burglary as a reminder to local residents.

Deputies responded to a report of a man attempting to gain entry into a home in St. Mary’s on Friday morning around 9:00 a.m. According to police documentation, the man was wearing a mask and driving a blue GMC van.

A resident was home at the time and was able to scare the man off and he drove away. Police in Franklin County and Batesville searched for the van but did not locate it.

Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy said the incident has similar characteristics of other burglaries his department has investigated.

“Most of these people, and I am not going to say all of them. But, most of these people do not want to encounter a citizen in a home any more than a citizen wants to encounter them,” the sheriff explained.

“Their looking for homes of opportunity where nobody is there. They will knock on the door two or three times, they’ll look around if nobody is there, then they kick in the door and grab what they can and get out of there.”

National statistics reveal that there is an upswing in crime, including burglary, during the spring and summer months.

Murphy indicated that there are ways that a citizen can contribute to an investigation if they witness a potential crime in progress or suspicious activity.

“What we need from the public is good vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers,” Murphy said.

With many residents now having a cell phone with a camera, the sheriff said that could be an effective tool in helping identify a potential criminal.

Police remind residents to lock all outside doors and windows when you leave the house or go to bed. Also, if possible make your home look occupied and difficult to break in.

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