Need to be told about crime

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

To the Editor:

I walked in on a burglary in my home on Jan. 31 at 11:15. I live on the fringe of the historic district on Clifton St. a block over from the Summerville Baptist Church.

I was returning from running errands, as I usually go to the YMCA, but this day I had some banking to do. I came home at 11:10 and noticed a strange car in my driveway. Thinking it may be a member of the Garden Club dropping something off on the back porch I thought nothing unusual.

When I approached the back porch and to the back door I noticed the door was open. I stepped into the dining room and saw a white male in our bedroom going through our dresser drawers and putting items in a pillow sham that was on the bed.

I yelled at him, and he yelled at me and ran towards me screaming “get out of the way.”

He got away in a white Merc. Sable, 1999 model. He stole my wife’s jewelry and my pistol.

My complaint is that come to find out, the house four doors down also was robbed a few weeks ago, friends of ours at church were also robbed a while ago and I figure there have been five to six robberies lately.

If we were notified this was going on in our neighborhood we could have been more vigilante and could have maybe prevented some of this from happening.

I certainly would not have come into my house at this time and would have called for help to the police prior to entering my home to find the robber still in the house.

I am lucky I was not shot. I feel, and my neighbors feel, we should be made aware of criminal activity in our area so we can be more prepared and alert as to what is going on.

Your crime beat helps but does not list all of what’s going on. We need some help here protecting our property and our friends and neighbors. What is the answer?

Topper Avenel


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