Burglars Strike 4 Homes Within a Few Hours; Take Off With Guns, Electronics

OUACHITA COUNTY, Ark - Ouachita County Sheriff's Deputies said burglars made off with mainly handguns and electronics after breaking into four South Arkansas homes within hours of each other.

Investigators said they are on the hunt for the suspects responsible.

They said the crimes happened in the East Camden and Harmony Grove neighborhoods, a place Justin Wolfe has called "home" the last 18 years.

"Very quiet neighborhood," said Wolfe. "It's normally peaceful."

He said that 'peace' went out the window Saturday evening, when he and his family returned home from a day out.

"I didn't realize it at first," said Wolfe.

It didn't take him long to catch on that someone had been inside his home.

"I said 'Well, where are my guns,'" said Wolfe.

Wolfe said all four of his guns were missing.

"I'm looking around like this one is gone. All these are gone..." said Wolfe. "It's like, 'Who has been in my house?'"

Ouachita County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Cameron Owens said Wolfe's home was one of four in the area hit by burglars within a few hours of each other.

"The fact is [burglars] weren't in there for very long and they're in and out," said Owens.

Owens said guns, electronics and jewelry are the hot items.

"Write down serial numbers from fire arms ... electronics .. pretty much anything that has a serial numbers and put it somewhere safe," said Owens.

"I have never had anyone break into my home," said Wolfe.

Wolfe said not only are his guns gone, but also his sense of security.

"I'm on high alert. Watching everything," said Wolfe. "You've got to think people work hard for the stuff they got. I had to work everyday ... daylight to dawn. Pretty much all the time."

The sheriff's department is offering a $500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Last November, authorities arrested two teens and a juvenile they said broke into eight homes and stole about a dozen handguns.

Deputies said they are not sure yet if the the recent home burglaries involve the same people.

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