The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 3, 2014

City police ramp up Hill patrols

Burglaries, home invasion attempts rattle residents

— SUNBURY — City police have been scrambling in the past few days to solve a string of burglaries and attempted home invasions.

Acting police Chief Brad Hare said enough is enough.

On Wednesday night, for the second time in a week, an intruder tried to get into a home but was unsuccessful because the doors were locked and the residents turned on lights when they heard the noise.

The residents didn’t want to disclose their names because they feared the intruder may return but said they are concerned after learning not far away from their home another city resident actually claims to have shot an intruder she caught when she returned home.

“It’s scary,” the woman said.

“With it being so hot out we can’t even open our doors and get a breeze because we are scared someone may try and break in.”

On Sunday night Sandra Norris, of Fairmount Avenue, told police she came home to find an intruder standing in her leaving room getting ready to steal her TV.

So she grabbed her pellet gun, shot off a warning round, then shot him.

Police are still investigating Norris’ claims, but Hare said play time is over.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

“We will be saturating several sections of the city and we will be making arrests.”

Hare said the most recent incident in the Hill Neighborhood was reported to police when residents said a man attempted to walk in the elderly couple’s home after knocking and no one answering the door.

“We won’t stand for this and I am asking residents is they see something they feel is suspicious they need to call 911 immediately,” Hare said.

“We will be out on patrol targeting areas.”

On Wednesday night a 23-year-old Sunbury resident stole a vehicle from a family member and, after speeding down Walnut Street, drove through a field across the street from Sunbury Textile Mills, jumped a grassy hill and went airborne before landing on a cement slab behind the power company transfer station.

No one was injured in the crash, but police said they did bring in a suspect for questioning.

Police also said several more vehicles were broken into Wednesday night.

“We will keep going and investigating all leads,” Hare said.

“We will not stop until we catch these individuals.”

Anyone that has information on any crime should contact Sunbury police at (570) 286-4587.


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