Burglars target Johnson County neighborhood

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Several break-ins in one area of Johnson County have some homeowners worried, and now a reward is being offered for more information on who is behind the burglaries.

Tom Hollow Road in Van Lear is usually a quiet, peaceful street, but lately that has changed.

"There have been several home invasions where people have came in, taken a lot of jewelry, flatscreen TVs," said Craig Stalker, a burglary victim.

At least three break-ins have happened, and the Stalkers said it seems like someone is watching, planning carefully for the perfect moment to break into the homes.

"They had to know that I was gone, watching my schedule, my wife's schedule. I got home and noticed that they broke in," he said.

The stalkers said whoever did it got into their home by kicking in the garage door. They said the burglars got away with nearly 20 thousand dollars worth of items from their home.

"It's not just they're stealing things or items out of the house, they're making us feel unsafe in our own home," said Craig's wife Melissa.

Which they say is something they never expected, especially since Craig is a state trooper, but Melissa says it is her children she worries about.

"We have three kids and two of them are really shaken up by this. We are too," she said.

They are asking for the public's help in catching the burglars.

"The police can't be everywhere, but the community ,and if you see somebody doing something or if you know of somebody doing this and they want to take out the community trash then they need to step up and let somebody know," said Craig.

The Stalkers' insurance company is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will help catch those responsible.

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