MAGNOLIA, Del.-Martha Mehalko said that is very concerned about a recent home invasion that happened just a short distance away from her Magnolia home.
"It feels as though you're in a movie. This is not happening in real life," said Mehalko.
Delaware State Police say it happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at a home along Millchop Lane, outside of town limits.
Those who live in the home declined to speak with WBOC on camera.
One person in the home did tell us the whole ordeal was "scary."
State Police say three masked men barged into a home.
Neighbors say what's unusual in this case is that those men left empty-handed.
Beverly Brown said she is a little frightened because she is often alone at night.
"I have a thing on my chest that I can press, so the police or people can come and check on me," said Beverly Brown of Magnolia. Brown, who is also confined to a wheelchair, said the news of a home invasion is shocking.
"I never heard anything like that happening before, since I've been living here," Brown said.
Brown is not alone. Other neighbors who lived in the area since the 1980s tell WBOC that this is the first home invasion they've heard of.
Neighbors now rely on home security systems or other things, like barking dogs to keep the bad people away.
"In the middle of the night if someone steps in my driveway, he's awake, barking," said Mehalko about her dog.
While a barking dog may keep the bad people away, neighbors say more police activity in the area may help cut down on crime.
"In my opinion, it's a dreadful thing. Whoever did it, I mean they'll pay for it in the end. God help them. Whoever they are. God help them," Mehalko said.
Investigators say the suspects remain on the loose.
Investigators do not have much of a description to go on.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
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