String of robberies plagues Osceola neighborhood

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

A quiet Osceola neighborhood turned louder this afternoon when shots were fired at a resident.

It happened near the intersection of Adams and St. Joseph Streets after a homeowner noticed a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood.

“It's always been quiet around here. I’ve lived here 35 years,” said “We never used to lock anything. In fact, I don't lock anything around here.”

But, over the past month, that's changed because just about every other neighbor has had something stolen.

“My truck was broken into and my computer got stolen out of it,” said neighbor Bill Penn.

“Right in this little area, six of my neighbors got broke into. All they take is little things,” said neighbor Barton Norville.

“One day we had our van broke into, nothing but the change taken. Then our camper door has been pried open, trying to get in our camper,” said neighbor Betty Sink,

Despite the frequency of the break-ins, no one has stumbled across the thieves.

That is, until Sunday.

A resident noticed a suspicious vehicle near a wooded area and decided to investigate.

He saw four young men loading what appeared to be stolen goods into the back, so he told them to stop.

“Before the police got there, the guy around the corner, they tried to run him over and they shot at him and he shot at them and I guess hit the car,“ said Norville.

The thieves got away and with much more than a few stolen goods. Residents say they also took away their sense of security.

“It's pretty unsettling to know you can't even defend your own property without risking getting hurt,” said Norville.

“It would have made me felt a lot better if he would have hit them. At least things would have been stopped at that point,” said Penn. “With vigilante justice, sometimes that should replace the law.”

Authorities are now searching for what they believe to be a bluish-green Chevy Cavalier.

County police are also waiting to download the 911 tapes for more information.

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