Harvey County Sheriff's Office Investigating Rural Burglaries

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Harvey county sheriff's deputies think the same people are behind five home burglaries, in two days.

The homes are in the rural southeast part of Harvey county. All of the break-ins happened in the middle of the day, while no one was home. The thieves are getting in and out quickly, only grabbing jewelry and cash. The homes are in the rural southeast part of Harvey county.

John Ferguson is in the middle of an unexpected home repair project.

"I'll be doing this all weekend,” Burglary victim John Ferguson said.

Ferguson's son came home to find their alarm system blaring and their back door open.

"They had used the large pry bar and had just literally obliterated the whole door casing,” Ferguson said.

When Harvey County Sheriff's deputies came out to investigate, Ferguson says he found out his home was one of four broken into that day.

"That's alarming that there's much going on. It's aggravating we work very hard to obtain what we have, what we own and to have somebody think they're entitled to come in and take it is wrong,” Ferguson said.

Undersheriff Todd Hanchett says they saw a lot of break ins around this time last year, so they're stepping up patrols to put a stop to these burglaries. He says they're out looking for suspicious cars or people lurking around homes.

"Also just the fact that we're being seen out here if they feel like there's a bigger chance of getting caught in an area or county maybe they'll go some place else,” Harvey County Undersheriff Todd Hanchett said.

One thing he says home owners can be on the look out for is strangers knocking on their, or their neighbor's, door.

“They're going to have a ruse or something they're going to say, 'Oh hey, does Schmidty live here? Or is that the house down the street?' Anything just to throw you off and make you think it was a mistake when actually they were trying to see if anyone was home,” Undersheriff Hanchett said.

Hanchett says they need help from the people of Harvey county, they're asking anyone who sees anything out of place to call 911.

John Ferguson says he was lucky. None of his family was home during the break in and thanks to his home security system, the thief didn't get away with anything.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton says they have had five home burglaries in the past two days. The burglaries have all happened between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the rural southeast part of the county.

The first burglary happened Tuesday. The other four were reported Wednesday.

In each burglary, the suspect entered through the back door. The Sheriff' says the homes are ransacked with the burglar making off with jewelry and cash, along with coins from pocket money jars.

Walton believes the burglar is in and out of each home within 10 to 15 minutes. Investigators believe the perpetrator may knock on doors first to see if the victim is home.

They are asking anyone who receives a knock on their door during those daytime hours to contact the Sheriff's office. Farmers out working in their fields are asked to keep an eye out for any unfamiliar vehicles driving in the area and to contact the sheriff with a description.

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