Residents interrupt burglary, chase man

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By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli
A woman chased a possible would-be burglar from her family’s property, with a pool cue in hand, after hearing a noise in a shop building late last month.
Deputies responded just after 9:50 p.m. Sept. 28 to the 3600 block of East North Corner Road about a report of an attempted break-in at a home and people with guns in the yard, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
At the scene, deputies spoke with a 27-year-old man who said an unknown man had entered his unlocked shop building on the property and tried to burglarize it.
He searched the building, but did not find anything missing, the report said.
The man’s sister-in-law also spoke with deputies and said she was inside the house when she heard someone in the shop.
“(The woman) advised (deputies) that she came outside the house and was going to confront the suspect,” a deputy wrote in the report.
As she walked outside, she noticed a white man wearing dark clothing run from the property toward the road.
“(The woman) stated that she grabbed a pool cue from the residence and gave chase until she heard what sounded like a weapon being racked,” the deputy wrote in the report.
The woman spoke with several neighbors after the chase who told her they saw the man running north along North Corner Road.
The two people also reported an unsettling event that happened the previous day, Sept. 27. They told deputies an unknown man driving a red truck had approached the man’s children while they played near the road.
“(He) told them that he would kidnap them and hurt them,” a deputy wrote in the report.
The man had not yet filed a police report about the incident and he was not sure if it was the same person from the attempted burglary.
“While checking the area, (deputies) did observe two white males in dark clothing standing in the wood line near Broome Road,” a deputy wrote in the report.
The deputies turned their patrol car around to investigate, but the two men were gone when they returned.
A K-9 unit later found a trail that led deputies on a path along North Corner Road toward Broome Road, where it ended, the report said.
It was unknown Friday, Oct. 4 if anyone has been charged in the case.
Anyone with information about the alleged burglary is asked to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line at (803) 283-4136.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli                    at (803) 416-8416