Burglary Investigation

Dec 3, 2013 11:05 PM

Thieves Steal Thousands Worth Of Equipment From Mercer County Barn


Not even the children's piggy bank, or the pies in the deep freezer were off limits for the thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of items from a family's barn just two weeks after they had broken into their home.

Thieves targeted Adam Chunglo's Mercer County property twice in just two weeks ago, first breaking into his house, ransacking the home and taking $3,500 worth of things, even cleaning out the kids' piggy banks. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, the family's barn was the target.

"The generator was sitting in [the barn] because I moved it in here after the house. I thought at least it will be locked up. Apparently that wasn't the case," Chunglo said. "On the 29th, our 10th anniversary, real way to start off the morning was to find our tack room cleaned out."

Chunglo said the thieves even busted into the family's upright freezer and took beef, sausages and pies that were inside.

"I guess they got hungry after all their activities," he said.

Saddles, bridles, a generator, and a wagon were taken totaling some $20,000 worth of equipment that is necessary to run their boarding business.

"That's been my life," said Chunglo's wife, Elizabeth. "And now we don't even had a saddle to put on a horse."

They're not the only ones. The Chunglo's say at least three other families on their street have been victims. The Mercer County Sheriff says they're investigating the thefts, but can't say if they're related.

"It's just a shame that people stoop that low," Chunglo said.

Until investigators find the suspects, the family has taken steps to protect their property, but it won't bring back the equipment they've worked so hard for.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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