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Cherokee Village police step up patrols after home break-ins

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) – Police in Cherokee Village have stepped up their patrols after an unusually high number of home break-ins recently.

Chief Rickey Crook says the police department has gotten reports of at least 15 residential burglaries during the month of June alone.

"It's pretty unusual," Chief Crook says. "We normally don't have even half that many in a month's time."

What's even more alarming to him is that 10 of the break-ins have happened during the daytime.

"They're taking laptop computers, jewelry, coins, other electronics, televisions and medications," he says.

Crook says the break-ins have happened all over the village, making patrols more difficult. That's why he asked officers from neighboring agencies – including Hardy, Highland and the Sharp County Sheriff's Office – to come into town this week and blanket the area.

"We covered Cherokee Village up with patrol officers for the biggest part of a day and just tried to flush out the people that were doing this," he says.

Crook says the police department has made some more contacts and developed a few suspects, but still has nothing solid. He does suspect that the same person or persons is responsible for the break-ins because of what time they occurred and what items were taken.

He is now asking residents to watch out for each other's homes and to report anything suspicious because any information could prove useful.

"Just take note of who's in your area," Crook says. "Sometimes that's the best information, just seeing someone that you know doesn't belong in the area. If you'll give us a call, let us come check them out, it may solve a crime."

People can report anything strange or suspicious to police by calling either 911 or Cherokee Village police at 870-257-5225.

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