Home alone: Child tricked by burglars in Berkeley County
Officials say a string of recent burglaries in Berkeley County have been solved, and playing a role in that was a case of a 9-year-old left home alone.
Shennandale Saylor has security concerns after the dangerous incident at her home on Dr. Evans Road in Cordesville. She said she made a quick trip to the store on August 20, and when she did, burglars made a move on her home.
A man and woman knocked on her door moment after she left, and her son let the into the home.
"The lady asked to come in cause she really had to use the bathroom. Long story short, he let her in to use the bathroom," Saylor said.
Within minutes the couple left. Saylor said her child was distracted by the man. The single mother of three children returned home moments later to a bare bracket where a TV was previously mounted.
"I didn't think nothing of it, and then when I got up to use the bathroom, I then noticed my TV was missing out of my room. And then, you know, I called the police."
Deputies arrived, and the child was able to identify the suspects.
Roxie Lee Bryant, 53 and William Fleischman, 57, are now in custody and facing several charges. Officials confirm they've been charged in other Berkeley County burglaries.
"I've left my front door open one day on accident and never had an issue. And then all of a sudden, you know, bam! One day I'm gone for thirty minutes and people came in. Invade the privacy. That gives you a scary feeling," Saylor said.
Now, screws secure the back door where those responsible for tricking her child and taking her TV escaped. Saylor said things will stay that way until new locks are installed. She hopes the crime is a lesson for her famil and others.
"Make sure kids don't open the door for anyone they don't know," she said.