Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Residents in Maryville are expressing concern because a crime that was once confined mainly to the darkness of night is now happening in broad daylight.
A series of burglaries have taken place in Maryville in the past six months that fit a pattern that is being monitored closely by authorities, said Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown.
Two that fit the MO (modus operandi or method of operation) occurred on Monday.
One of the break-ins took place in the 400 block of Dawson Street. Homeowner Bill Johnson said the crime occurred while he was away for a little more than 90 minutes.
He said he left home at about 7:50 a.m. and when he returned at about 9:30 a.m., he saw his front door was open, a police report states.
“Mr. Johnson stated he thought nothing of it until he went to turn the TV on which he noticed was missing,” the report states.
Johnson then checked the rest of his house and saw he was also missing another TV, a laptop computer, and a video game system.
He said the intruder ransacked a bedroom and a spare room.
Police spoke with a neighbor who said he saw someone in a white Chevy truck pulling a black trailer in the neighborhood Monday morning.
Later in the day Monday, Johnson expressed his feeling about being a burglary victim on his Facebook page.
“It is a real shame that people like you and me work a lifetime and scrape to manage a few of life’s enjoyments, only to have them ripped from our homes by unscrupulous, deviant thugs,” Johnson wrote.
Also on Monday, a man who lives in the 500 block of Helena Street said his home was broken into while he was away between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
It appears entry was made through a window.
Once inside the suspect ransacked the master bedroom and took a TV, a handgun and a large amount of cash.
From the living room, two laptops, an iPad and a video game system was taken.
Another laptop was taken from an upstairs bedroom and several pieces of jewelry were also stolen.
He also said he saw a white pickup truck on his road after he discovered the burglary.
Police taking measures
Brown said there have been 12 burglaries in the past six months in Maryville that fit the same MO, meaning the way the suspect or suspects entered the home, what they did inside, and the items taken were all very similar.
“We have received information that has led us to people of interest and we are working these leads,” Brown said. “Obviously we have stepped up our patrols in the area. We are using our full resources of our patrol division and our criminal investigation division.”
The public can help
Brown said there are steps the public can take to help police nab the burglars.
One, is to keep a list of the serial numbers of larger items such as TVs, computer and firearms.
“I would even suggest taking pictures of those items,” Brown said. That, he said, will help investigators know for sure if an item recovered is actually stolen and from whom it was taken.
Mandy Anderson, a Maryville resident who was a theft victim last year, is encouraging her neighbors to start being nosey. She said that may be the only way the suspects get caught.
“If you don't recognize someone, make sure they know you see them! Take pictures, call police, do something,” she wrote on Facebook. “Don't just sit back and assume they are OK. If they are legit they won't mind being checked out.”
“Call police if you see anything at all you consider suspicious. That is what we are here for,” Brown said. The number for reporting is 527-6763 or you can call 911.
By Scott Harper
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