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Broad Daylight Burglaries in South Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- Neighbors are on alert in south Wilkes-Bare after several homes and vehicles were broken into during broad daylight.

"It's really scary, you know? This is a quiet neighborhood. We have families here. We're close to the school. It's something I don't want to leave for work and think about,” said Jose Molina of Wilkes-Barre.

A home on Plymouth Avenue and one on Lawrence Street were recently burglarized, both during the afternoon. On Lawrence Street, a neighbor's security camera happened to be rolling, catching on the crooks on video.

The homeowner did not want to reveal his identity.

"I saw the vehicle. It was a Chevy Suburban, an old-style Chevy Suburban. There was two men. They went to one house then they came to the second house. Then, they came to her house. They went to the front door. They couldn't get in. Then they went around the back. It was a tall guy and a smaller guy. Next thing, they came out 20 minutes later carrying stuff,” he said.

Wilkes-Barre police now have the video.

Police in nearby Hanover Township are also investigating a string of daylight break-ins.

One positive note, according to people in the area, the South Wilkes-Barre Residents Association and local crime watch are pretty active. Neighbors watch out for one another.

"Somebody will call me and tell me. I used to be a security guard down in LCCC, and I'm active in a lot of organizations, so they know to call me a lot of times for some information,” said Carlo Mullay of Wilkes-Barre, who says he also spends a lot of time on his front porch, watching the neighborhood.

So far, no arrests have been made in the break-in investigation in Wilkes-Barre.

7 comments

  • THE REAL SCRANTONY

    If only more citizens would take the initiative and defend themselves and their property by pointing a gun barrel down at these criminal goons; instead of waiting 30+ minutes for the police to show up at their convenience. A well armed society is a polite society indeed.

    • Bob Smith

      I tell you somethin’ funny……. In Houston on December 2006…… Police Substation near downtown that opens only during day time and 24 hour police station is on edge of downtown.
      One night when it closed….. Some punk sprayed blue paint on walls, windows and doors. True.
      Next day the crew had to clean it up…. But 2 patrol cars on hoods had spiral marks which it cost the city more to repaint it.

  • Bob Smith

    Your neighborhood crime watch signs doesn’t help 100%…….. Break in happens anywhere in 24 hours. The best suggestion get alarms and cameras.

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