Police put residents on alert Wednesday after a rash of home break-ins.
Authorities want every Hilliard resident to know that thieves are targeting homes, looking for the most expensive loot they can find.
Brian Stone and his family would rather worry about getting ready for the holidays, instead of protecting their home from burglars.
Someone broke into the family’s basement window and left with around $15,000 in items.
“You go through this whole range of emotions, panic and then helplessness, then anger and frustration,” Stone said.
Frustration rose as Stone realized the crooks targeted more than the holidays.
“It was compounded because it was actually my son’s birthday and the bandits actually stole his birthday presents,” Stone said.
The burglars targeted Stone’s home in the middle of the day, without cover.
“If neighbors would begin to be a bit more neighborly, as in, if you see some suspicious behavior, don’t feel like, ‘Well, it’s none of my business,’” Stone said.
The Stones are not the only victims. Burglars targeted another Hilliard family, taking $23,000 in items taken. Another resident has nearly $25,000 worth of loot taken.
“You just feel like your personal space has been violated,” Stone said. “It’s very uncomfortable.”
Stone said that one of the burglars left blood behind at the scene. He said he hoped it might lead to an arrest.
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