Flood victims speak out on stolen belongings

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) –Neighbors in the Robil Addition are suffering another blow after they've discovered the belongings they've dragged out of their homes are disappearing.

For the past couple of weeks appliances and furniture have lined the streets in flooded neighborhoods.
Many who are trying to decide what to do with their belongings are having that choice taken away from them.

"We have been through enough and we had nothing left to save and what we had was taken," said Reba Oren.

Oren lives on Douglas Street in Pocahontas.  She is one of several in this neighborhood being victimized by someone stealing their stuff.

"I had a stove, a refrigerator, a box of lighting stuff off of the carport, my bar stools and a bath tub," said Oren.

Interim Police Chief Cecil Tackett said his officers are focusing on this area.

"We're patrolling the area.  Extra patrols, lots of extra patrols over there especially on second and third shift," said Tackett.

Residents say that's when stuff is disappearing.

"We're here during the day and nothing happened but when we leave and come back is when it's gone," said Oren.

Oren's sister Nina Kazzee lives across the road.  They both have been hit by the thief or thieves.  She said her bar stools and lawn chairs were there Sunday night and gone Monday morning.

"We're in trouble here and we need help.  We don't need people taking things from us," said Oren.

So far Tackett said four police reports have been filed but there could be more theft victims.

"We're stopping vehicles.  We're stopping anyone that looks like they may be transporting anything, pick-up trucks anything like that we're stopping," said Tackett.

Tackett said there is little residents can do to protect their belongings.

"People are setting their stuff out close to the road side they need to keep them under the carport or even covered up," said Tackett.

If you're a victim of theft you should file a police report so officers know how many victims are out there.

Tackett said they don't have a suspect yet but they are searching for whoever is responsible.

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