PARKSVILLE — Boyle County law enforcement officials are searching for two people in a late 1980s Nissan sedan who they believe tried to burglarize a Mitchell Lane home Monday morning.
About 10 a.m., the female occupant of the residence heard unusual noises at the house’s windows and garage, said Sheriff Marty Elliott. The homeowner then noticed a young woman with long brown hair entering the residence through the side garage door.
With a handgun, the homeowner confronted the would-be burglar, which caused the suspect to flee the scene, Elliott said. As the stranger ran away, the homeowner noticed a maroon box-style 1980s sedan with a young man with brown hair at its steering wheel.
A neighbor pursued the vehicle, which had part of its license plate concealed with duct tape, Elliott said. However, the neighbor and law enforcement officials noted that the numbers 294 were present on the license plate. Authorities could not apprehend the Nissan and lost sight of it on Tuggle Road. As of this morning, the suspects were still at large.
“The fact that these folks had their license plate duct taped shows they intended to do some type of break-in,” the sheriff said.
Both suspects are Caucasian and in their late teens or early 20s. The homeowner and her helpful neighbor were not injured during the incident, Elliott said. The sheriff lauded the homeowner and her neighbor’s handling of the situation.
“This lady didn’t get afraid, she got angry,” Elliott said. “She did what every law-abiding citizen should do in a similar situation. This is a good example of someone properly exercising her right to bear arms and of neighbors watching out for each other.”
However, the sheriff recommends that anyone who sees the Nissan or the suspects not get into a confrontation but instead call the Boyle County Sheriff’s Department at (859) 238-1123 or (859) 238-1220.