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Teens Seen on Roofs Before Chapel Hill Burglaries

Posted August 1, 2007

— Police are investigating a series of residential break-ins, including some where teens were seen on the roofs of homes that were later burglarized.

Officers have responded to nine residential break-ins on the east side of town since Monday, police said. The burglaries have been reported on Francis Street, Lark Circle, Fountain Ridge Road, Lakeshore Lane and Forsyth Drive.

In at least two reports Tuesday, witnesses reported seeing a group of boys on the roofs of the homes before the break-ins were discovered. The teens were seen wearing bandannas around their heads in one case, police said.

The burglars got into most of the nine residences through unlocked or open windows, and small electronics, cash and jewelry have been targeted, police said.

The break-ins have occurred during the day while victims were at work, police said.


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  • bait taker Aug 3, 2007

    Rocknhorse, I agree. You can't compare every home invader to cold-blooded killers. But my opponents on this forum see it differently. Their attitude is: You're in my house, I have to assume the worst, I shoot you. I wish everyone were as responsible as you.

    I have NEVER said you can't have a gun. I HAVE said that itchy trigger fingers are machismo, heartless, dangerous and naive. That's the idea behind every comment I've made. But no one is interested in what I'm SAYING. They're interested in arguing gun rights.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 3, 2007

    Willow-what exactly to Dahmer and Bundy have to do with this story? I see no similarities or comparisons.

    Regarding the arguement about protecting self/family/home. In a perfect world, we would never be robbed or assaulted. In a semi-perfect world, we may be robbed, but we'd be left alive and untouched. Ours is not a perfect world. I wish it were, but it's not. There are evil people out there who lack any sort of emotional responsibility to others. IF I encountered someone in my house and IF they turned tail and ran out, no I wouldn't shoot. But IF I am home and I hear someone enter my house, I will be prepared with my gun in my hand. I will shout to whomever that I am armed and prepared to shoot. If they leave, fine. If not, I WILL protect.

    You are fortunate if you've never been threatened. But if you've ever been, perhaps you would understand why some of us choose to protect ourselves rather than become the next victim.

  • packfansj3 Aug 3, 2007


    I don't know if Nancy is on your side, but you can rest assured the teenage criminals of the community are.

  • bait taker Aug 2, 2007

    It's pretty late and I'm tired. Nancy, are you on my side or not?

  • Nancy Aug 2, 2007

    "My problem is that so many people have a cavalier attitude about killing teenagers who have shown no threat other than "crossing a threshold". The attitude of "since I'm not sure what their intentions are, it's okay for me to take a life" is so heartless and naive."

    You're a troll, right? You're not serious, right?

    Good one!

  • bait taker Aug 2, 2007

    --more A bunch of kids crawling around on some rooftops in Chapel Hill aren't doing it with guns a'blazing. I'm sure of it. And if everyone would stop thinking about Jeffrey Dalmer and Ted Bundy for five minutes, they'd agree with me.

  • bait taker Aug 2, 2007

    First of all, why am I fearing for everyone's life? Does the teenager say "I'm here to kill you and your family"? A more likely scenario would be that he would see he was outnumbered and go back out the window.

    What you really want to ask me is: If a teenager crawls through your window, is brandishing a weapon and threatening you and your family, what would you do? Answer: I would tell him to take whatever he wanted and not kill us. And that's exactly what everyone else in the same situation would do. Unless they were a gun owner and just happened to be holding a loaded gun at the time. And I don't have a problem with that kr. My problem is that so many people have a cavalier attitude about killing teenagers who have shown no threat other than "crossing a threshold". The attitude of "since I'm not sure what their intentions are, it's okay for me to take a life" is so heartless and naive. --more

  • kr Aug 2, 2007

    Willow, I just have a question: A teenager breaks into your house via a window, and you are standing there with your family, fearing for everyone's life. Do you, A)Call the police and hope the villain will stand by and watch, or B)Use whatever means necessary to protect you and yours? :)

  • bait taker Aug 2, 2007

    packfans, It was the pro-gun crowd who implied (and boasted) that they would shoot without hesitation, again and again on this thread, and I have a problem with that. Also, I never said using a gun for protection was barbaric. I did imply that having a macho attitude about killing is barbaric, because it is.

    But you are right that our founding fathers were gun folks. They were also slave owners, women deprivers, and for the most part, uneducated. Why would their views have any validity on the world we live in in 2007? They knew that what applied in 1776, would not apply in 2007. That's why they designed the document to be ammended! Were it Revolutionary times, I would not call the police. Were it 2007, I would.

  • bait taker Aug 2, 2007

    Is this thing on? Please don't nitpick anymore. By lack of trust, I meant lack of faith in the police's ability to right a wrong. I wasn't IMPLYING that anyone said the police were sinister, just unhelpful.

    Joker, It is obvious from your comments "little liberal" and "liberal troll" that you view compassion and consideration as weakness. It is you who are weak. Weak-minded. Not because you want to protect your family, but because you side with those who protect the right to kill regardless of circumstances. Teen-agers should not rob houses, but I don't think they deserve to die for it. Sadly, I am in the minority.