AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - One Aiken family went out of town and came back to find a thief in their home.
The homeowner on Palm Drive said he and his wife came home to a surprise. The light was on their daughter's room, but he specifically remembered turning all the lights off when he left earlier that morning. According to the incident report, the homeowner took his pistol out of his car and entered through the front door while his wife called 9-1-1. He said he heard the intruder say "hello." That's when he knew someone was in the house.
"Entering a home with a weapon is not advisable because you don't know who's inside and what their intentions are," Lt. Jake Mahoney told WFXG.
The victim told officers that the suspect fled. He didn't see his face, but he did find the back door open. He told officers that he had forgotten to set the home alarm when he left his home earlier that day. Lt. Mahoney says if you think your home is being burglarized, call for help immediately .
"Notify 9-1-1 from a safe location, stay on the line until the officers arrive and give them any information you can as to any possible suspects you see inside the house or if you see anyone leave."
Public safety officers said they don't have any leads.
"We don't have any suspects at this time, the home owner didn't actually see anyone inside the residence but we do recommend any one in the vicinity to keep an eye on your neighbors and if you see any suspicious activity to go ahead and notify 9-1-1 immediately."
The victim told WFXG that the crook got away with a checkbook and a ring. Other valuable items in the home were untouched.