Daytime break-ins have South Point, OH residents on guard
"Things get taken, and you can always get them covered on insurance," says Mike Mazzone, whose home was broken into on Wednesday. "Just the thought of somebody coming into your house is very unsettling."
"We had everything locked. We had the alarm system on," says Kathy Dennin about the break-in at her home where the suspect spoke to the alarm system company who called the home when the break-in was detected.
Residents of the Olde Farm Subdivision in South Point, OH are upgrading their security features, because the break-ins will not stop happening.
South Point Police tell 13 News they have responded to about six break-ins and four or five attempted break-ins in the last month, and two break-ins on Wednesday happened within minutes of each other.
"I'm going to put in surveillance cameras, definitely. I'm going to go to the next level," says Mike Mazzone, who got a call at work from the company that responds to breaches in his home's alarm system, and rushed home. "By that time, they had already kicked in the back door, and they had taken a jewelry case."
Around the corner, we spoke with Kathy Dennin, who had all doors locked and the alarm system on, when her break-in happened.
"It appears they came in the front door, because the deadbolt and everything had been jimmied," says Ms. Dennin, who was told that the suspect spoke to the alarm company when a representative called them home during the break-in. "You can talk to her through the intercom. He actually answered her and said 'No, everything is fine.' She asked him for his name and his password, which he could not answer."
Ms. Dennin says the police arrived within minutes of that short conversation.
The suspect had fled without taking anything, just leaving doors and drawers ajar around the house.
"They're scoping things out, absolutely. We feel like targets up here right now," says neighbor, Talmadge Ritchie, who now feels this way all the time. "It's the darnest thing. I never thought this neighborhood, but I guess, it's everywhere."
Neighbors tell 13 News a break-in is a violation, regardless of whether or not anything is stolen.
"Things get taken, and you can always get them covered on insurance," says Mike Mazzone. "But just the thought of somebody coming into your house is very unsettling."
Police are looking for at least one white male, about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, who may be wearing black shorts and a blue shirt.
Neighbors say the suspect was also carrying a walkie-talkie.
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