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Police investigate unusual activity on Barry Drive


Trish Bennett, Editor

CIRCLEVILLE – City police are investigating a series of reports from a resident on Barry Drive about someone possibly entering her home without permission.

Officers have responded to the address in the 100 block of Barry Drive at least 10 times this month on reports of open doors and curtains, strange noises and, in one instance, a report that a chair had been moved.

There also were at least two reports of small items missing from the residence, but both items were later discovered still inside the home.

Chief Shawn Baer, Circleville Police Department, said officers found no signs of forced entry while investigating any of the calls, leading them to believe if someone was entering the home, they were doing so through an unlocked door or with a key.

Baer said the Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority, which manages the rental home through its housing program, changed the locks on the residence once they were notified of the reports.

Kim Hartinger, executive director of PMHA, said the agency had not been made aware of any issues until a city police officer notified a staff member Sunday morning. Until Sunday, the agency had received no complaints from any residents in the area.

Baer said officers interviewed neighbors in the surrounding area and could find no one else who has experienced anything unusual.

Extra patrol has been requested, and Baer said officers will continue to monitor the situation, but they are hopeful the new locks will resolve any possible issues.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal

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