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Following string of burglaries, couple thanks deputies
VICTORVILLE • Victorville resident Ruth Brower was up reading in the middle of the night when she saw flashlights in her backyard. She assumed that burglars had once again returned to her home, following a string of burglaries.
Instead, the flashlight belonged to a Victorville deputy coming to check up on the elderly couple.
“He stopped to visit for a little while,” Brower recalled. “The deputies were all so nice.”
Ruth Brower and her husband, Harvey Brower, who are both veterans, have lived in the same home in Victorville for approximately nine years.
The couple had not been victims of crime until September. Since then, however, the couple have been victims of six home invasions and five burglaries. During that time, some property was stolen, returned and stolen again.
The first time Ruth and Harvey Brower were burglarized in September, the burglars took their old television and their car. Just a few days later, the Browers’ home was burglarized again, and this time, the burglars took the rental car the Browers were using as well as their new television.
After that, Ruth Brower said the burglaries began to blend together, unsurprising due to the high volume of break-ins in such a short time. What Brower does vividly recall, however, is the response from the Victorville deputies.
“The deputies that responded to 911 were all professional, sympathetic and caring,” Brower said. “They did extra patrol and have arrested suspects.”
According to Brower, one officer returned one of the couple’s stolen televisions on his own time.
“They seemed like they went out of their way to help us,” Brower said. “My legs would be shaking, and they would ask me if I was all right.”
While most of the stolen property was valuable, some of the burglars’ choices were harder to understand. Ruth Brower described one night where a juvenile attempted to steal Kit Kats from the couple’s Halloween candy. When Harvey Brower attempted to stop the burglar, he escaped through a window, leaving the candy behind.
It has now been a few weeks since the last burglary, and Brower explained that it is getting easier to sleep, although she still checks to see if the television is in the living room if she wakes up in the middle of the night.
Looking back on a difficult few months, Brower believes that the Victorville deputies deserve a lot of credit, both for arresting suspects and putting in extra effort to help her and her husband.
“It’s a big comfort to know that they care and take care of us,” Brower said. “I am proud of our officers.”
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