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String of Home Break Ins Shakes Up Neighborhood

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Neighbors are shaken by a string of home break-ins in the Isle of Hope community.

The burglars smash through the front door and help themselves to anything they can get their hands on.  And they do it in broad daylight. 

But neighbors tell News 3 they're not just upset with the crooks.  One family says Metro Police are not doing enough to stop these break-ins.  Of course police came and collected evidence the day it happened.  But when this couple heard of more neighbors suffering the same fate, they contacted News 3 to say something needs to be done. 

"It's happened to two other people that we know of just recently.  So no, I don't think that they're doing enough.  Because unfortunately somebody else has to go through the same thing we did," said Courtney Kerns.   

"I mean, I know they're short staffed and everything.  But it was pretty frustrating.  We didn't get answers for a long time," said Patrick Haughey.   

Married couple Courtney Kerns and Patrick Haughey left to run errands the morning of September 12th. 

"We come home two hours later and our front door has been kicked-in.  Our TV is gone.  Our computers are gone.  All of my jewelry is gone and all of my credit cards are gone," Courtney said.   

"The police said they were probably only in there for two minutes," said Patrick.   

They say almost $10,000 worth of damage was done.  But some things are irreplaceable, like Courtney's grandmother's jewelry.   

"That's all I had left of her.  And that's irreplaceable.  It was just the little inheritance that I had," Courtney said.   

Similar crimes have been reported in the Isle of Hope on Parkersburg Court, Cardinal Road, and Pinewood Avenue, all in September and October. 

Criminals generally like to avoid confrontation.  So you can help deter them by showing them you have a security system, by having a sign in your yard.  Also having dogs that will bark are good for that as well.  And you want to have locks on your doors.  Bolt locks are preferable.  And you can make it look like you're home, even when you're not, by leaving on the lights and the TV.    

Unfortunately Courtney and Patrick didn't do any of that.  But they won't make that mistake again. 

"All of our doors are locked and censored.  Every opening has a sensor.  There are motion sensors.  We have motion sensor lights.  It was expensive," Patrick said.   

"It still upsets me to this day to not feel safe in your own home," Courtney said.   

Anyone with information on who is committing these crimes is asked to call Metro Police. 

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