GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — Kristina Loveland and her family built their dream home on Farm Road 79 near Willard about two years ago.
“For peace and peace of mind,” she said. “When you move out to the country, you hope that you are safer.”
But burglars turned the reality of this neighborhood into a nightmare; six homes were burglarized in September, the last one was hit just last week.
“My husband was working outside all day last Monday. He was down burning brush and our next-door neighbor got broken into and our garage door was up,” she said.
Monty Clark has lived on this road for 14 years and says the criminals likely feel they can’t get caught out here.
“Beautiful homes that are set back from the road, maybe some of them even 100 yards, 150 yards, and some are obscured by trees,” he said.
Both Clark and Loveland have security systems installed and their homes haven’t been hit. Corporal James Craigmyle with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says he believes an audible alarm scared away the burglars from at least two homes.
The six burglaries committed were similar in nature and no one was home.
“We might see a huge increase in a month in one area because they get comfortable around that area, they have been casing it for a while,” Corporal Craigmyle said.
Just recently, in an attempt to prevent car and home break-ins, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office began a daily reminder for residents on social media – called #9pmRoutine.
“Typically, that’s when you’re winding down your night,” Corporal Craigmyle said. “It’s an easy, catchy way to remind people to go back outside and lock your car so your stuff isn’t taken. A lot of people have garage door openers in their cars.”
Until the bad guys are caught neighbors along farm Road 79 will keep looking ours for each other.
“It kind of brought our little community on this road together,” said Loveland.
The Sheriff’s Office could not say what the burglars are stealing, how they get in, or how long they spend in the houses because this is all still an ongoing investigation. If you have any information, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office.