Special to the Enquirer

Community reports increase in break-ins

When Christina Nilsen and her family returned home last Thursday, they never expected to find that someone had attempted to enter their home. In her son’s bedroom, the window was half open, and the blinds had been placed on his bed. Throughout the home, there were other signs that someone had attempted to enter, but had ultimately been stopped by Ares.

Ares is the family Malamute/Siberian husky mix weighing in at approximately 130 pounds. Inside the home, Nilsen found that several of the blinds had been torn down in what she believed to be Ares defending his home. Nilsen said that she felt that the would-be thief had circled the home to find an entrance and that Ares had discouraged them from inside.

“I was angry and very disappointed,” Nilsen said, “I grew up in this neighborhood and moved my children into it because I believed it was safe.”

Other than the disheveled blinds and open windows, Nilsen said she did not notice anything missing. Upon finding the open window they had searched the home and did not find any trace of the person, or any items that were taken.

Nilsen’s case is similar to many others reported on the community Facebook page. Another burglary was reported at Mt. Tabor Church on the page, as well as a stolen motorcycle.  Sgt. Alan McDearmond with Hartselle Police Department said that they had not received an unusually high amount of reports in the last weeks.

“What we have seen lately has mostly been tied to credit/debit card fraud. People are going to sporting events, especially tournaments, and stealing people’s wallets then cashing checks and using their cards,” McDearmond said.

McDearmond said that it was an issue that was occurring all along I-65, quoting similar cases in Madison and Cullman. McDearmond recommended that people carry only what they need when out, and to partner any community watches with the police department by contacting Captain Tom Sparks.

Nilsen shared similar sentiments. “Be aware of everything going on around you, and if you see something strange let someone know,” she said.

Any suspicious behavior or crimes should be reported to the police. They can be contacted at 256-773-8264 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergency calls.

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