Police investigating strange string of residential burglaries

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Crooks kick-in doors in one Region 8 neighborhood stealing thousands of dollars worth of property. Jonesboro Police are investigating the break-ins. Residents are just shocked that it happened in broad daylight.

"This big indentation here (in the door) is where police found the big boot print," said resident Mitch Johnson, who says crooks kicked-in the door, stealing a lap top and several pieces of jewelry.

"They invaded my privacy. They went through everything in my house. I guess we can live without the things that we lost, but just the thought of somebody being in your house kind of puts you on edge," said Johnson.

He left the house just before 8 o'clock that morning. "Everything was calm and quiet as usual. At about 10:30 a.m., I received a call from police that our house had been broken into," said Johnson.

But Johnson's home was just one of six broken into Monday in the Farm Creek Subdivision off S. Culberhouse stealing everything from electronics to firearms. And what's odd, Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says it happen between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the morning.

"It was prime time hours. There should have been a lot of activity. People going to work, to school," said Waterworth.

None of the victims were home the time of the break-ins. Waterworth says investigators did gather some evidence, which they hope will help lead to the culprits. "Every lead is going to be followed up on. There was quite a bit of physical evidence and it's going to be sent the crime lab for processing," said Waterworth.

Because Johnson had taken extra security measure when installing the locks on his home, the repairs are going to be costly. "I put in longer screws and a longer dead-bolt-latch. So they did some pretty significant damage," said Johnson.

Johnson just hopes justice is served. But in the meantime, it's opened his eyes to the importance of being aware of your surroundings and each other. "We don't know a lot of the people in the neighborhood anymore as we did years ago. I think my wife's concerns is maybe starting a neighborhood watch," said Johnson.

Police are asking if anyone has any information or might have seen something suspicious to call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP. All tips will remain anonymous.

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