GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Sheriff Joe Browning says they've seen a big spike in daytime home break-ins this summer in Gallia County.
Neighbors are afraid it may take something drastic before this unfortunate trend will stop.
Browning says they’ve had dozens and dozens of home break-ins reported all over the county, most happening during the day when people aren’t home.
Willis Maynard of Crown City says whoever's doing the stealing needs to realize they'll eventually pick the wrong house.
"I'd rather not have to use it,” Maynard said of his shotgun, “but I will if that's what it comes to."
Beth Vansickle owns the Bladen Landing restaurant along the Ohio River.
"The people have gone crazy with the heroin,” she said. “They're going to do anything to get it."
Her business was robbed earlier this summer. She too is now keeping a gun handy.
"More people are buying guns and keeping them loaded,” she said. “That's what's going to happen. Someone is going to get killed. That might be what it takes for it to stop."
Sheriff Browning says they do have some suspects they're looking into.
Browning says neighbors keeping their eyes open and reporting unusual vehicles or people is a big help.