SOUTH CREEK TWP. - Township supervisors suggested some preventative measures Thursday for residents, in light of several reported break-ins in the last few weeks in the township.

At the township's monthly meeting Thursday, resident Helen Mickley brought up the subject of the break-ins.

Speaking during the public comment period, she said there have been seven in the Fassett area.

One occurred at a business, Shedden's, along Route 14 in Fassett.

When asked for comment, Shedden's co-owner Christine Maynard said someone broke a window on the front of the building, entered the building, and took several cartons of cigarettes between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday.

She said the owners are concerned about the break-in, and will "beef up what we already have" for security.

State police at Towanda investigated, she said.

Mickley noted that the rest of the break-ins occurred at residences, and items taken included a generator, copper, guns, and electronics.

Mickley said someone tried to get into a shed and "messed with a car" at one place and broke a door at another.

The incidents reportedly occurred in the early morning hours.

In addition, Mickley said the alarm at Woody's Country Store in Gillett went off in the middle of the night Tuesday.

When asked if they had any advice for residents, supervisors suggested some common-sense measures.

Supervisor chairman Charles Root said residents should make sure their doors are locked.

"Keep a good eye open," said supervisor Stanley Sterling.

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