Burglars strike family again

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2005

A family mentioned last week in an article about their home being burglarized fell victim again on Monday.

The family lives on Westwood Circle and this is the sixth time in seven years they’ve been the victim or the almost victim of a break-in.

According to the victim, who asked not to have his named published, this time they entered the house through a glass patio door by breaking the lock.

He said this time they took jewelry, money the children had saved and collectible coins.

&uot;They also tried to steal the PlayStation that we had bought to replaced the one they stole back in October,&uot; he said.

&uot;This time they tried to get in the same door, but we had a very secure deadbolt lock installed.

So they just moved down the wall and pried open the patio door and got in that way.&uot;

This time, however, they were spotted.

Greenville police officers and the man’s father-in-law caught them coming out of the house and gave chase.

&uot;I was to commend Officer J.C. Salter,&uot; the man said.

&uot;He jumped the fence and chased him but the trash just outran him.

He deserves credit for his efforts because he went above and beyond.&uot;

He said that was what really irritated him, his family and neighbors about the incident, the fact they tried it in the middle of the day.

&uot;They are coming to our house during the broad daylight,&uot; he said.

&uot;They’re coming from the street, walking into our neighborhood and I feel like they believe they don’t have any threat from the police in the town.&uot;

As noted, burglars before have hit them.

The week after Christmas, his car was broken into and they stole CD. In October they did break in, stealing the PlayStation and other items.

The day after Hurricane Ivan, they attempted to again to get into the house.

He said they realize that home security is up to them as well and they are adding more secure doors and a security system, but he said they want more.

&uot;I just want to feel like they city doing their part too,&uot; he said.

&uot;We have been in our house less than seven years.

There have been six times that someone has come into our house and yard to either take our stuff or try to. I don’t feel like, as a citizen, we should have to go to the police department to beg for help.&uot;

He did say the city came after the October burglary and cleaned up the lot behind his home.

&uot;I’m wondering if I just gave them better access for them to get away,&uot; he said. &uot;I want to commend Mayor Dexter McLendon for that too.&uot;

He said plans now are in the works to form a neighborhood watch because as he put it, he and his neighbors have had enough.

&uot;If we were a new family moving into town and this happened, what would we think about Greenville then?&uot; he said.

&uot;This is all very frustrating and it has to stop.&uot;