Police: Children left in car as parents break into home

GIRARD – Two small children were left in the backseat of a car parked outside the house that their parents were burgling, a police report states.

Police were dispatched about 10 a.m. Thursday to 863 Lawrence Ave. after a neighbor reported a burglary in progress. The neighbor said a man and woman kicked in the rear door of the residence and backed a car into the driveway.

The first patrolman on the scene blocked the driveway and the car, a brownish 2001 Chrysler Sebring, the police report states.

The patrolman heard banging on the first floor. He moved to the rear of the house and spotted the woman standing in the kitchen, the report states.

After the officer heard both voices in the kitchen, he went in. As he rounded a corner, he saw the man place something into the kitchen garbage can, the report states.

Two other arriving officers ran in, and the man and woman were handcuffed, police said. The pair were identified as husband and wife Jacob and Nicole Burchell.

Jacob Burchell told officers that he was at the residence to do a plumbing job for the man who lives there, the report states. However, the neighbor told police that the homeowner was a woman named Cindy Bedell.

The children were found by an officer walking up the driveway. The Burchells were told that if they didn’t have anyone to call to pick up the children, they would be turned over to Children Services.

Nicole Burchell told police that her mother, Karen Shelley of Girard, could gather the children. Shelley was contacted, police said.

The Burchells were taken to the Girard police station and booked on burglary charges.

Cabinets and drawers open in several rooms. When Bedell arrived home, she found that a pillowcase had been taken from a pillow on her bed upstairs, the report states.

The first officer found the pillowcase in the kitchen trash can. It was filled with several pill bottles, an old cell phone, a box of .38-caliber ammunition, and a loaded .38-caliber revolver, the police report states.

Officers also discovered property belonging to a woman in the 400 block of East Prospect Street, police said.

At that residence, officers found a window smashed and a rear door open. The homeowner, who had been at work at the time, told police she kept a vicious dog inside. She reported a strange chemical odor believed to incapacitate the dog, police said.

A purse, a blood glucose test meter and kit, a tan metal box with personal papers, and other items were reported missing from that house, police said.