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Alarm foils burglary at service site

Published Oct. 13, 2005

A donated alarm system foiled a burglary at a building that houses a preschool and a senior center. For 13 years burglars repeatedly have broken into the Palm Harbor Child Developmental Center and the adjoining Neighborly Senior Services Center, stealing valuables and wreaking havoc.

Last month vandals caused so much destruction that the center was forced to close for a day. After that break-in, the National Guardian security company donated a security system.

When the alarm went off about 11 p.m. Sunday, it apparently frightened away whoever had broken in, said Janice McIntyre, supervisor of the adult program. Nothing was stolen and nothing vandalized, she said.

The adult day-care center serves 700 seniors annually, while the non-profit child-care center serves 100 children ages 2 to 11.