Imagine going out of town only to find that someone had used your house as a virtual hotel. That's what happened to one Frankfort family last month. Sarah Blazonis reports.
FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- Cars are pausing at the stop sign near John Sklarz's Frankfort home a little longer these days. They're reading the sign he put up after his father-in-law made a disturbing discovery while his family was on vacation.
"He said, 'I've got some bad news for you. There's some kids in your house,'" Sklarz remembers.
Sklarz says his father-in-law found three teens inside the house on Reese Road who left after he began to question them. The handle on the backdoor had been broken and it looked like they'd been camped out for several days.
"Bunch of food all over the place, ground into the couch. Potato chips, cookie dough, a drug pipe," said Sklarz.
It appears the teens slept in the home and looked at pornography on their computer. Five thousand dollars was missing.
Sklarz believes one of the teens, a family friend, let as many as eight others into their home.
"We still see them out playing basketball down the street, hanging out at the library," said Sklarz. "I think these kids really need to be held responsible."
That's why he put up the sign. He says it's gotten a big reaction from the community.
"The first day we had probably 100 people stop and they actually stopped and talked and go by, give us the thumbs up," he said.
John Sklarz says some items, like his son's bike, were returned. His family's sense of security isn't as easily restored.
"They went through everything we have," he said. "We don't feel comfortable in our house. We don't feel comfortable going out."
Now maybe, thanks to this big reminder, others will be aware of potential dangers right in their own neighborhood.
State Police say the investigation into that robbery is ongoing. No arrests have been made.