One of my worst fears for anyone is walking in on a burglar in the act of stealing. We know these intruders are often armed, we know they are often drug users, and we especially know they are not very intelligent to begin with – which is why they become burglars. But this story from La Grange, Illinois is a real heart-breaker, since it involves an innocent teen who did nothing more than come home from school and surprise an intruder.
Indian Head Park Police Department released a photograph this weekend of rare, limited-edition coins identical to the ones they believe were taken during a home burglary Thursday that led to the gruesome slaying of 14-year-old Kelli O’ Laughlin.
Police Searching for Clues
The photos are being distributed to local pawn shops and coin stores in hopes clerks will notify police if someone tries to sell them. Meanwhile, investigators continue to question a man being held on a warrant for a separate break-in that occurred over the summer in Indian Head Park, according to Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo.
Sometime between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Kelli returned home from school and confronted a burglar in her home, police said, and the unknown suspect or suspects then killed her. Kelli was stabbed to death in her home: she died of “multiple stab and incised wounds,” according to her preliminary autopsy report, said an official with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The story does not indicate if there was an alarm system in the home, but I assume there was not: otherwise, the signs and decals might have deterred the burglar in the first place, and if the siren did not scare him off, the police would have caught him in the act. Research has shown that having a monitored alarm system works: you are three times less likely to be burglarized than your unprotected neighbor. And the best systems use safer cellular monitoring, in addition to offering smarter interactive services. FrontPoint specializes in both, which is why we’re the leader in wireless home security, and the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you are ready for safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, FrontPoint is your clear choice. And leave the hard work to us – and the police.