String of burglaries in West Chester

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Shirley Banta is the latest victim of burglars that are hitting up homes in West Chester, taking off with electronics tools and other valuables.

"At night you lay there and you think, are they coming back, are they going to come back in a window,"Banta said.

Banta says an open front window is how the thieves got in on Labor Day, in broad daylight while her family was gone.

"We probably lost between $5,000 and $7,000 worth of stuff," Banta said.

They stole her husband's laptop, her daughter's play station three, and her late mother's bracelet, a keepsake that can't be replaced.

"I want my bracelet back, my mother passed away 7 years ago on Labor day, and the bracelet meant a lot," Banta said.

West Chester Police say nearly half a dozen burglaries have been reported on the East side of the Township in the last two weeks.

"The items that we're seeing stolen include Xbox games, Sony play station games, and the like, so that would lead us to believe that the offenders may be younger in age," said Sgt. Tombragel of the West Chester Police Department.

"I'm hoping and praying that this person, whoever took it, has a guilty conscience and returns it," Banta said.

If you have any information on these burglaries call West Chester Police at 513-759-7280.

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