People in the small community of Bussey are locking their doors after a series of break-ins over the last few weeks. Some are worried they could be next.
“Yes, now I lock my doors, I lock my car up,” says Stacy McDanel.
Born and raised in Bussey, McDanel grew up with a sense of small town security.
“Everybody knows everybody and word gets around pretty fast,” she says.
People are talking about a rash of vandalism. About half a dozen cars and homes were broken into.
“I figured it was high school kids screwing around so we went to bed. I was up for work the next morning and I came out and the back window was broken in my car,” says Allen Hanley.
Hanley says whoever did it, only busted out one of his windows. But it’s still more than he can afford to fix.
“We’re just trying to figure out answers. Figure out who’s doing it,” says Hanley.
“I know the cops are doing all that they can to take care of the situation, but it’s kind of one of those things, you gotta be in the right place at the right time to catch the person. We just hope it happens soon,” says McDanel.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the break-ins. In addition to the cases in Bussey, another vandalism was reported in nearby Attica. Deputies are stepping up patrols in the community in response to the recent crime.