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Reported burglary in Marion County while family was sleeping

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Before you go to sleep, double check to make sure your doors are locked.  In the past week, a burglar hit a home where people were asleep in the house.  

For most people, having someone break into your house can be a traumatizing experience now imagine it happening while you're asleep in your bed.  That was the case last Friday night for a rural Hannibal family, and it's been a nightmare ever since.

"It really didn't sink in with us until about an hour from when we noticed the other items missing that it sunk in that someone had come into the home and taken something," said Jeffrey Conn.  

Jeffrey and Renae Conn had thousands of dollars worth of items stolen from their home when thieves came in through an open garage door.  The worst part was Jeffrey and Renae were in the house the whole time, with their children.  Thieves even walked into their bedrooms and took things and Renae said she's had trouble sleeping ever since.
    
"You can't believe somebody would actually walk into your home without hearing them or knowing.  We were sound asleep, never hearing a sound and they came right in and took what they needed and got out without us even knowing," she said. 

It's something Marion County Detective Tyler Wheeler isn't taking lightly.  While this type of burglary is a lone incident in Marion County, he said more people are reporting stolen items.

"I'd say within the past two months, we've had probably about 20 burglaries.  Mostly what we see is a spur during the holiday and winter months when the cold weather comes out," Wheeler said.  

The Conns are taking steps to make sure this doesn't ever happen to them again.  
    
"We've got a security system coming tomorrow that will be installed by tomorrow evening.  Just to get peace of mind to know that if something like that does happen again, we'll at least be aware of the situation," Jeffrey Conn said.  

Detective Wheeler says it's still too early to tell if these burglaries are related.  The majority of items they're going for are iPhones or anything small they can easily grab. 

Anyone with any information about recent burglaries in Marion County is encouraged to contact Detective Wheeler, or Detective Gloria Hobbs at 573-769-2077.
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