Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
An alert father and son
"If You See Something, Say Something" is a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime.
The Department of Homeland Security says the program is simple and effective. But guess what? It works for other suspicious activity, too.
Rapho Township supervisors found that out recently.
John Haldeman and his son, Ben, were honored by the supervisors for their actions which led to the apprehension of three suspects in a daring daylight burglary last month on North Strickler Road.
Also recognized were three Manheim police officers -- Kristopher Keller, Aaron Szulborski and Steven Ludman -- who responded to the burglary call and made the arrests.
John Haldeman alerted police after seeing the trio enter, then leave, the home with several guns and gun cases.
Son Ben then relayed additional information, with descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.
Police say the suspects, three Maryland men, have been identified as "professional criminals."
Police recovered several firearms and numerous pieces of jewelry belonging to the victim.
For making all that happen, John Haldeman and son Ben are this week's Lancaster New Era Red Rose Award recipients.