Home Burglaries Have Lawrence Residents on Edge

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Authorities in Lawrence say that brazen and dangerous home burglaries are on the rise, with several dozen happening in different Lawrence neighborhoods in just the past three months.

The latest burglary happened early on Thursday morning, as Roberta Sinerum and her sister were awakened by a burglar in their Lawrence home.

"You just feel violated," said Sinerum, who says that she was asleep upstairs and her sister downstairs when the burglar appeared. "He had a flashlight in her face and it was dark."

Sinerum says that her sister screamed, and the burglar fled the house - taking Sinerum's purse with him. Neither woman was injured in the incident, and Sinerum's sister was able to give a description to police.

Lawrence Police are reminding people to always lock their doors, windows and garages. Invvestigators say that in all of the recent break-ins, the intruders got into homes through unlocked sliding doors or opened garages.

"I'm so thankful that it wasn't any worse than it was," said Sinerum, who says that she and her sister will now be investing in an alarm system. "I'm sure we'll remember this for a long time."

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