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Franklin retirement community hit with third burglary

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The sliding door was open when she got home, and bugs were getting inside.

She went to close it as soon as she walked inside then looked around her home in the Franklin United Methodist Community neighborhood. Her laptop was on the floor of the computer room, and her printer had been moved. Someone had gone through her desk, closet, kitchen cabinets and dresser.

Marian Colvin had spent Saturday at WAMM Fest in Greenwood. She had left all the doors and windows locked, and when she got home around 4 p.m. she found glass and a brick on the kitchen floor. Burglars had thrown it through the window to get inside.

All of her jewelry was gone. Necklaces, brooches, pins, rings that had come from all over the world had disappeared. They had been gifts from her daughter, who traveled for work, from Taiwan, Russia and Belgium.

About the burglaries

First house

Where: 195 E. Methodist Drive

When: Between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 19

What was taken: $300 worth of costume jewelry and $20 in dimes

Second house

Where:190 W. Methodist Drive

When: Between 7:05 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. July 19

What was taken: A jar of quarters, one $150 watch and another $200 watch

Third house

Where: 1130 N. Methodist Drive

When: Between 10:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17

What was taken: A box of jewelry, not yet valued.

At least two other homes in the independent living community have been burglarized in the past month, according to police reports. In all three cases, the burglars used a pillowcase from the bed to hold the stolen items.

The houses are all in the same oval shaped street in the retirement community. The break-in at Colvin’s home in August happened about a month after the first two on July 19.

Police are investigating.

When a resident arrived home late the night of July 17, he found that the interior garage door to his home was open slightly. Burglars had gone through four safes filled with papers and his dresser and kitchen drawers. A jar full of quarters and two watches, worth about $350 total, were gone, according to a police report.

Blood was found on the light switch cover in the bathroom and on the lid of a small box in the bedroom, the report said.

That was the second burglary of the night.

Burglars entered another woman’s home through an unlocked window in the back room while she was at the Johnson County fair that afternoon. She got home at 5:30 p.m., and $300 worth of costume jewelry and $20 in dimes that had been in a box on her dresser were gone, according to a police report.

The directors of the community are advising people to keep doors and windows locked and look out for unfamiliar cars or people, executive director Keith Van Deman said.

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