Platte County neighborhood on alert after string of burglaries

Posted at 3:06 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 17:26:38-05

Country living is just fine for Craig and Marilyn Kersten, but what's happening in the neighborhood where they raise their two kids is also raising concerns.  

"We knew something was wrong," Craig Kersten told 41 Action News. "As she came to the garage door, she realized the closets were all turned out, the drawers were all open and we knew for sure someone's been in the house."  

Marilyn Kersten also recalled that afternoon.  

"It was traumatic to come in and see everything strewn across your floor. You lost your sense of security, knowing someone has been in your house," she said. 

Sergeant Russell Smith with the Platte County Sheriff's Office said the Kerstens aren't alone.  

"They've kicked in the doors, smashed in the homes and they're ransacking homes, targeting firearms and cash," Smith said.

Investigators are concerned those guns may end up in the wrong hands. Deputies have increased patrols in the area. The Kerstens are also doing their part to increase awareness with both neighbors and their children.  

"It's forced us to talk to our kids about emergency preparedness," Craig Kersten said. "Where's your hiding spot, what are you going to do when X happens? Who you going to call?"

Deputies believe at least two people are involved with the string of burglaries. They were spotted in a 90's black Ford F-150 pickup. Investigators say two men matching the same description were also seen leaving the neighborhood in a small, white SUV, possibly a Buick.  

If you see anything suspicious or know anything about the string of burglaries, you're asked to contact the Platte County Sheriff's Office.



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