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Special locks on doors stopped burglars from getting inside of home

By: WJAC Web Staff

NANTY GLO, Pa. -- Police in Cambria County investigated an early morning home invasion Sunday, at two separate homes.

One person was arrested but two others are believed to still be on the run following the incidents on Rodgers Street in Nanty Glo.

Homeowners said they were upset after police said three men broke into two homes just blocks away from each other.

One of the homeowners said he tackled one of the men, Charles Freeman, to the ground before calling police.

Freeman is in jail but police said he had a key piece of evidence linking him to one of the break-ins.

"I was awaken by voices," said Homeowner Linda Martin. "I don't know if they had already opened the door to the chain and were banging on the door trying to get in but I heard the voices thats what woke me up. There was really no home damage just them taking a can of my husbands nutritional food."

Martin's husband, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, requires around the clock care and together they have a 16-year-old son with autism.

Martin said their son likes to wander off so they installed locks that he cannot unlock himself.

Police said that is what prevented the suspects from barging into their home.

"We have them installed so you can't do that because eventually he would figure it out," Martin said.

Linda and her husband were thankful no one was but she said the thought of what happened was terrifying.

"I'm here taking care of my husband and our autistic son by myself, so yes it's very scary to know that people just barge into your house."

Freeman was charged Sunday afternoon and police said they expect to file more charges for breaking into the Martin's Home.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times