High Street Burglary - Be Sure to Close and Lock your Windows


A High St home was broken into the other night and a reader from the neighborhood wanted to share the story with the community with hopes of promoting awareness and precaution.


The home was broken into at night while the family slept.  The burglar climbed through the screen of an open first floor kitchen window - right from the deck in the backyard.  No one was hurt but two laptops were stolen and the family was obviously shaken to realize this could happen while they were in the house.



Other neighbors saw a car with two passengers parked for longer than seemed normal. When they drove away, they only went a few blocks up the street and parked again.  Residents have also heard the sound of garbage cans being dragged in the yard - a sound that ended when a light went on and the homeowner yelled.


LOCK YOUR WINDOWS!  Even though this beautiful weather calls for open windows, be sure to close and lock them when you leave your house or go to bed.  Same goes for your car doors.  


If you see cars that look suspicious, write down the color and type of car and if you can get the plate number. Then report it to the police. That's what neighborhood watch is all about. You don't even need to go near the car - use binoculars.

Or just buy a sword...

(CNN) -- A Johns Hopkins University student killed an apparent burglar with a samurai sword after discovering the man in his garage, police said Tuesday.

Baltimore, Maryland, police received a phone call shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday about a suspicious person, and an off-duty officer arrived at the scene with campus security, city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

When authorities arrived, they heard calls for help and for police, he said. They discovered a suspected burglar with a severed left hand and severe lacerations to his upper body, Guglielmi said.

The suspect died at the scene, he said.

The man had entered a home where several Johns Hopkins students lived, Guglielmi said. Four students, one armed with a samurai sword, had confronted the suspect in the garage.

The man "lunged" at the students, and the student with the sword defended himself, severing the man's left hand and cutting his upper body, Guglielmi said.

Police did not release the name of the suspect, who Guglielmi said had a long criminal history, or that of the student.

Police questioned the three witnesses, Guglielmi said, and released them. It was not immediately clear whether all four students lived at the house, he said.

Authorities are determining whether the student will face criminal charges, Guglielmi said.

Burglars had taken two laptops and a Sony PlayStation from the students' home Monday, Guglielmi said.

The burglary suspect had been released from prison Saturday, Guglielmi said

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