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Mercer County community on alert after break-ins

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PRINCETON -- A string of disturbing break-ins has a Mercer County community worried.

Deputies say two homes and at least six cars were broken into early Thursday morning on Partridge Drive in the Quail Valley Subdivision in Princeton.

One woman tells WVVA that the burglar came into her bedroom while she slept and took several items from her bedside.

She did not want to be identified, but said this is a traumatic realization that makes her feel unsafe and invaded.

Her neighbors, too, are shocked.

"It's terrifying to know something like that is happening so close," said Mike Flanigan. "I know if I'm not here I worry about my kids and wife. It's just one thing people have to do. They have to secure their property."

The break-in victim said she plans to do that by putting in a security system.

Deputy J.D. Ellison tells us there is only one suspect at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.
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