To the Editor:
My husband and I were visiting with a couple from South Africa. I explained that although we had once purchased tickets to visit their country, we had decided not to go due to the crime rate.
They looked at one another in surprise and replied, “There is no crime where we live. We have cameras and eight foot barbed wire fences that surround our compound.”
I remembered that conversation on the evening we discovered that our little piece of paradise off of Hwy 713 and Fox Lane had been vandalized and robbed for the second time. The peace and serenity of living in the country, away from the big city has sadly evolved into a compound surrounded by special security equipment, and barbed wire fences.
On April 5, we were burglarized for the second time. The thieves cut our fence and removed the post to gain access to the property. They drove through the field down to the barn. The thieves broke into the barn and literally cleaned it out. They took our 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 crew, a 2012 Yamaha Grizzly four wheeler, a red go cart, a yellow mini dirt bike, a Honda Generator, a zero turn White lawnmower, a push lawn mower, a walk behind weed eater, fishing rods and tackle boxes, shovels, all kinds of assorted hand and electrical tools, three chain saws, two pole saws. Even our gas cans with our name on them were taken.
We are asking you to keep your eyes and ears open. We are offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of these thieves.
It is time we come together as a community and contact our Commissioners for their support.
We are not the first or the last to be hit by crime in our area lately. In telling our story we have heard countless similar stories.
We have a choice to either fight or sell our property. We have chosen to fight back!
Johnny and Sue Haley Smith