Burglary Takes Place While Franklin Woman Works Outside
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Police call them summer crimes of opportunity, home burglaries while homeowners are outside working in the yard. It already happened in a Williamson County neighborhood.
Burglary victim Judith Hanson said she had learned a lesson.
"Unbelievable. I can't believe that just happened to me," said Hanson. "I saw her in the house. I was on a ladder and I thought I heard the door bell ring."
A couple of weeks ago, Hanson was on the back patio cleaning out the gutters on her house.
At first Hanson thought her son returned home from college and the woman was his girlfriend, but her dog would not stop barking.
"A few minutes after listening to him bark I came down off the ladder far enough so I could see in the house, and I saw someone coming from my bedroom," said Hanson.
Hanson did not know the woman. She got off the ladder to go inside, but it was too late. The thief got away.
"When I went back in and I'm still thinking what was that person doing in my house the light finally goes off and my purse is on the counter. I look in my purse - the check book is gone, wallet is gone and a ring I laid next to the purse was gone," said Hanson.
After the burglary the homeowners association put out flyers warning homeowners about what had happened and telling them the suspect had been apprehended.
Hanson's neighbor Alan Gaus got the flyer and decided to make some changes.
"Since then I've become more aware of it. When I'm outside mowing or outside in the backyard I lock the interior door from the garage into the house," said Gaus.
Police arrested the woman in this case two days later. She was charged with aggravated burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.
People who are driving around looking for opportunities will go elsewhere and look if you make yourself a harder target. Things like keeping your garage door down and keeping your doors locked when you're at home working in your yard out of sight of that door are the best ways you can prevent becoming a victim from something like this," said Charles Warner with the Franklin police department.