Two Arrested in Elkville Crime Spree
ELKVILLE -- Two people are behind bars for a rash of burglaries in Elkville. Mathew Kelley, 23, and a 17-year-old minor were arrested and charged Friday with several counts of burglary. And police say they may not be the only ones.
When Juanita Rorie moved to Elkville more than seven years ago, she says she was looking for a safe place to live.
"I moved away from Florida, out of Orlando up to here, to get away from the crime and the stuff that was going on. And then I get up here, to a little bitty town and it's still happening," says Rorie
Friday morning, a neighbor told her and her husband that their cars had been broken into.
"The paperwork and the books were scattered through here, this area, and the alleyway," she explains.
Elkville Police Chief Kenton Schafer says 20 people were robbed between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.
"The holiday season tends to be a pretty busy time for us with theft and burglaries and things of that nature," says Chief Schafer.
Across town, the thieves threw a brick through Christopher Roye's car and ran off with only two lunchboxes.
"I feel bad for the rest of them, because I know they had more valuables taken than we did," says Roye.
Rorie said she was frustrated that they got away with her husband's speakers and a few other items. But it's what they left behind that left her baffled.
"Not only did they have the audacity to rob my car, they had the audacity to sit in my backseat and get high," Rorie says.
Schaffer says marijuana was found in one of the cars. He also says the majority of the victims' doors were unlocked, making it a crime of opportunity. It's a mistake Rorie says she won't make again.
"Lock your doors, please, because it doesn't seem to matter who you are. They will get you and they're not picky about what they're taking," says Rorie.
Chief Schafer says almost all of the items were recovered, and they are still looking into the possibility of more suspects.
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