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Updated: 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 | Posted: 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
REPUBLIC, Pa. —
State police are looking for burglary suspect who broke into a Republic home on Sunday and left the family a threatening note.
Investigators said Elizabeth Echols and her husband were sleeping inside the house when the burglar broke in early Sunday morning.
“We came downstairs and the whole place was trashed,” Echols said.
According to police, Echols told them she thinks the suspect pushed out a window air conditioning unit and got inside the house without her and her husband hearing anything.
“I had my bedroom door shut and the fan running,” Echols said. “I feel violated, severely violated. God forbid we would have woken up. We could have been dead.”
Echols told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida that they’re living in fear because as they were taking inventory of everything that was stolen, they found a note from the burglar saying that he would be back.
“It said, ‘Your car is in the Republic Clinic parking lot. I’ll be back. John Boi,’” Echols said. “I’m petrified to stay here. I leave the TV and lights on because I’m scared.”
Investigators said they found the Echols’ car at the Republic Clinic parking lot a few blocks away, but they’re not sure why the suspect dropped it off there.
Echols told Sapida that she and her husband have a 22-month-old boy who was staying at his grandmother’s on the night of the burglary.
She said their whole family is now staying at the grandmother’s house until the suspect is caught.
“Even if they come back now, theres’ not much they can take. They already took everything,” Echols said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police.
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