Neighbors react to home invasion

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A disturbing home invasion is causing concern for people living in the area. Police are investigating after an elderly couple’s home was broken into this week.

It happened on South Vine near East George Huff Drive. The suspect is still on the loose.

No one was hurt, but the situation is causing some neighbors to worry. 

“There’s been an uptick in things going on in people’s homes and cars and things like that,” said neighbor Bob Harold, who has lived in the area for more than 15 years. 

“There’s been times when in our area, cars have been gone through if something’s been unlocked. People had people attempt to go into their garages or their back doors. That’s increased in maybe the past five years.” 

That trend didn’t prepare him for the news of his neighbors just a few blocks down the road on South Vine, being victims of a home invasion. 

“I was concerned that somebody would go into somebody’s house when they knew somebody was in there, and then also that they used a weapon when they were discovered. That was a little disconcerting.”

Police say the suspect went into the victim’s home through the front door. When a homeowner tried to stop him, he fired a gun. No one was hurt, but officers say that’s when the suspect took the opportunity to steal items including electronics, money, even the victims’ car.

While the search continues, Harold believes the best thing neighbors can do is keep an eye out for anything that isn’t normal. 

“I’ve noticed before people driving through slow through the neighborhood on a bicycle, and they act like they’re being casual.”

Harold says his advice to anyone to keep themselves safe is to always lock your doors and make sure some kind of light is on.

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