DORRANCE TOWNSHIP — Don’t think that even though you live in the country, nobody will break into your home because it has been happening in a rural part of Luzerne County and happening in broad daylight when people are at work.
Most days, it’s quiet in rural Dorrance and Hollenback townships in Luzerne County. But lately, state police say people have been disturbing the peace, breaking into homes, stealing jewelry and electronics.
“It worries me. It worries me.”
Herman Spangler has heard about the break-ins in the area.
“My wife, she’s here by herself, which you know, I worry about,” said Spangler.
State police believe two men are breaking into the homes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. while many folks around here are working.
State police say some of the homes are unlocked and many don’t have alarm systems.
“I don’t keep my shed locked. I don’t have a lot in it,” said Spangler.
Dorrance Township secretary treasurer Pat Davis says a woman who cleans the municipal building is one of the victims.
“To hear about so many of them at this point in time, it just kind of shows how, I guess people are just grasping at straws,” said Davis.
Troopers say the break-ins have happened in Dorrance, Hollenback, and Slocum townships. They say, most likely, these men are drug users looking for easy targets
“I’m at work during the day, and if no one’s home at my own property, everyone’s at risk at this point,” said Davis.
State police are following up on a few leads with these break-ins. For now, they’re asking people to lock their doors and install alarm systems.