February 11, 1996 in Idaho

Rural Homes Target Of Burglars

Associated Press

Homeowners in rural Canyon County who like being isolated from other houses are getting hit by daylight burglars.

Howard Lunderstadt returned to his Star-area home to find $4,000 in valuables missing.

“Disgust and revulsion and apprehension,” he said of his reaction to the theft last weekend.

Residents of more than 20 homes, including a sheriff’s detective, also lost goods in the last three weeks.

The sheriff’s office put out an appeal Friday for help from the public and to warn of the robberies.

“We got some guys operating around here that need to go down,” said Sheriff George Nourse.

Detectives believe there are at least two thieves. They strike during the day, when nobody is around.

The burglars caused about $800 in damage getting into Lunderstadt’s home. They took some valuable loot, but also keepsakes such as an old shotgun that belonged to his wife’s grandfather.

Nourse encouraged homeowners to record serial numbers of electronics items and other items that can be sold quickly. He is asking rural residents to keep an eye out on their neighbors’ homes.


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