Oak Harbor police continue to look for the person who slipped into an occupied home undetected recently, stole a few dollars and then took off.
The home invasion happened at an East Ottawa Street home the evening of Nov. 11, Police Chief Steve Weirich said.
“The wife was home that night in her bedroom. She heard a noise but didn’t really think that much about it,” the chief said.
In the morning, her husband discovered some things out of place and few dollars missing.
The thief climbed through a bathroom window to get into the house.
Luckily, the chief said, that was the night of the first snow. Footprints were still visible on the ground outside the window.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification staffers made casts of the prints and checked for fingerprints and other evidence.
“I can’t say it enough. Lock your doors. Lock your windows,” Weirich warned the community to fend off future break-ins.
This time of year is especially inviting for thieves as families begin stockpiling gifts for the upcoming Christmas holiday, he said. And daytime thefts are increasingly common place. Thieves hone in on residences between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. when they figure homeowners are at work and kids are at school.
A resident at Monday’s village council meeting mentioned the break-in and wondered if the chief had entertained the possibility of a village-wide alert system for residents similar to the ones used by school districts.
The chief noted that for years the police have talked to neighbors and relied on word of mouth while investigating crimes.
Some council members suggested he look into creating a Facebook or Twitter account for the police department to spread critical news village wide.
Port Clinton Police Department uses a Facebook page to post warrants, share arrest stories, staff highlights and chronicle community events like the efforts to bring an early Christmas to Devin Kohlman, the 14-year-old city boy who died in mid-November from an aggressive form of brain cancer.