Dorcas burglaries raise concern

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 17:52 PM.

DORCAS — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four burglaries in the Dorcas community east of Crestview.

Diane Coil and her family have been on edge after someone broke into their house earlier this month.

Coil said that in the early-morning hours on Sept. 12, she awoke and noticed that several items were missing from her home — namely a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera. Also missing were a pack of energy drinks and a full gas can.

"It’s frightening to know that someone could just come into your house while you’re sleeping. It's the worst feeling in the world,” she said. "I think it had to have happened between the hours between one and three o'clock in the morning," she said.

Her daughter and her boyfriend went to sleep just before 1 a.m. Coil’s husband, Thomas, awoke at 3 a.m. to get ready for work, so the burglars might have struck between those hours.

"At first, I just thought the items were misplaced," Coil said. Thomas then discovered that someone had gone through his truck, which he left the vehicle’s keys in after returning from work. He said he found papers scattered everywhere in the side of the vehicle.

The suspects also got inside another car and stole money from their daughter's wallet, but they left her personal ID's and bank cards. 

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