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Burglars Enter Williamson County Home While Family Sleeps and Steals from 10 Vehicles--Mikayla Lewis

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Franklin, Tenn--A home and 10 cars were broken into by burglars overnight.  Franklin Police say the burglars targeted valuables visible through windows.

Brian Gabbard came home late last night from a business trip.

 "A door I thought was dead bolted, and unfortunately it wasn't, " said Gabbard.

The homeowner found out the hard way, the deadbolt well on his backdoor was not deep enough. Burglars broke into his home overnight, while he , his wife and 7-year-old twins were sleeping.

Brian Gabbard said, " All it takes is a screwdriver, and in they are."

The family woke up and found the back door open. His wife's purse was missing along with some gifts, and circus tickets.

Gabbard explained, "First thing was shock and aspect of fear,  You go through a bit of anger as well. Where we're at now, our faith means a lot to us  and we feel extremely blessed that we have another day. "

Franklin Police say the suspects quietly entered unlocked cars in the neighborhood, and broke out windows of others.  The burglars stole a variety of property, including two rifles and a handgun.  Then the burglars, forced entry to the Gabbard's home in the 1500 block of Championship Boulevard.

The Gabbard's say their window blinds were open, and the inside of the house visible. A locksmith inspected the Gabbard's door locks and discovered the shallow deadbolt well. The locksmith then drilled a deeper hole for security. The Gabbard's just moved to the Westhaven neighborhood from Minnesota in September.

Gabbard's wife, Tonya said, " Just the outpouring of love, and prayers support and were thinking about you and how can we help...has been amazing."

Franklin Police are reminding residents to lock vehicle and home doors always. It is also advised to make sure valuables are out of sight from windows.

The suspects are still at large.

Investigators are asking anyone in the neighborhood with home surveillance systems to review footage from overnight, and contact police if your cameras caught a glimpse of anything suspicious. Information about this rash of burglaries is worth up to $1,000 with a simple call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

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