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Man unhappy with efforts of police

June 06, 2007

A Smithsburg man who spent the winter in Florida told the town council Tuesday night he believes police could have done more to prevent a break-in at his home while he was gone.

"This is truly to me bull. If you sign a paper and you're going to take it under your control, it seems to me that under laws, you're responsible for some of this," said Joseph Slick, who told the council his Main Street home was burglarized even after he filled out a form informing police he was going on vacation.

Slick said he expected police to check in on his house periodically while he was away, but since he said they did not, he does not even know when the break-in happened. He said he was out of town from early November through April.

"We are not security guards. We do not check doors and windows," said Police Chief Michael Potter, who explained doing such checks might create liability problems for the town.

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