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Chestertown Residents Lose Small Town Security to Burglary Spree

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CHESTERTOWN, Md.- Eighteen burglaries in one month - 13 of those to homes and five to cars.  Although no one has been injured, it has shaken some of Chestertown's residents to the core.

Jim Landskroener has lived in Chestertown most of his life.  He said the town has always been very safe, and with little crime. That is something he learned during the late 1970s.

"I had left my wallet on the seat of my car, the car was unlocked, and it was parked on the street.  And it had to have been there for two or three days before I realized where it was, and it was untouched.  So this is the sort of thing you think about that this place is relatively safe and idiot-proof in the case as that was," Landskroener said.

And that sense of security has permeated through the town, with neighbors leaving doors and cars unlocked. That is until a few weeks ago when the burglaries started.  Herbert Friedman was one of the victims.

"I feel violated in a way.  That your home is not your castle anymore.  And even if you lock it, they have ways of getting in," Friedman said.

In Friedman's case, it was through the back window screen.  In one case, the burglars pushed in a window air conditioning unit.  They have been stealing laptops, iPods, phones and cash.

"They stole cash and for some reason a couple of vials of blood pressure pills, I can't figure out why.  But they primarily stole cash," Friedman said.

Chestertown police said they have arrested one suspect, and two others who could be connected to the string of burglaries, but they added that the investigation is still ongoing.

Police advise homeowners to be sure to lock all doors, windows, and cars in order to "harden" the target for would-be burglars.

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