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12/08/03

Burnside Island Home Invasion

Imagine someone breaking into your home, tying you up and robbing you. That's what happened to a 65-year-old woman last night. Everyone we spoke with say nothing like this has ever happened in their quiet neighborhood, Amanda Drive, a quiet, well hidden neighborhood where people never locked their doors, until now. Now many of them are feeling unsafe.

"I was shocked, just couldn't believe it happened in our neighborhood," said neighbor Stephanie Clark.

"Sad someone would come in and do this. I don't understand," said fellow resident Marianne Walker.

Walker and her family have lived on this street most of their lives. She says Burnside Island is a place where everyone knows everyone else, and she suspects that might have been the problem. "It had to be someone that knew exactly what was going on in their house. Someone that has been in and out."

Sunday night, a family member found a 65-year old woman tied up and locked in a closet after being robbed. Police say the suspect or suspects got into the house through an unlocked door. And even in a place like Amanda Drive it's better to be safe than sorry. "If you live in an exclusive area or crime-free area like Burnside Island, take nothing for granted be vigilant all the time," Savannah-Chatham police spokesmen Mike Wilson.

Neighbors say after last night's incident they plan on doing just that. "I'm hoping we'd beef up patrol and in the process get a neighborhood watch," said Stephanie Clark.

The victim was just left with a few bumps and bruises. Police say they are following a few strong leads so hopefully they will catch those responsible. If you have any information on the invasion, call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020. 

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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