DANIELS, W.Va. — A spate of burglaries in the past few months at the exclusive, gated Resort at Glade Springs near Daniels has residents upset and security and law enforcement on alert.
Despite the cost of homes at Glade, the recent crime wave shows there is no place in southern West Virginia immune from drug-related crime.
The sprawling, 4,100-acre resort founded in 1973 isn’t an easy place to secure. Access at the front gate is granted by security guards on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis. But the resort doesn’t have fences on its perimeter, and is also abuzz with activity most days, with hundreds of landscapers, construction workers and golfers entering on daily business and for recreation.
Just how many daytime break-ins have occurred at Glade is unclear, and a lot of that is due to miscommunication between residents whose homes had been hit, and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office. Those residents, said Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner, were calling Glade security instead of 911.
“We did have a meeting at Glade Springs a few months ago, that meeting was very informative and very important because there were some assumptions made, which always gets people in trouble, “ Tanner said.
“People had their homes as well as their vehicles broken into at Glade. It was obvious that it was an individual or a group of individuals working together, basically we had a crime ring.
“We didn’t really realize this because most of the people were reporting this to their private security agency working at Glade and these people were assuming that the security agency was contacting law enforcement. However the security agency was assuming that the people, being the victims, were contacting the law enforcement agency as well as security. Everybody thought somebody else was doing it and our phones just didn’t ring,” Tanner said.
The thieves have been particular in what they’ve taken. In four burglaries this month, Glade residents say prescription drugs, jewelry and small items, including passports and cameras, have been taken…