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$500 reward for tip leading to first arrest in George County burglaries

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GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A local business is offering $500 towards anyone who can provide information leading to the first arrest in connection with the burglaries that have targeted East George County, according to the George County Sheriff's Department.

George County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Shonna Pierce said, they believe several individuals, working as a group, are involved in the burglaries that have plagued the county for the past two months.  

Some 12 homes have reported burglaries, citing thousands of dollars worth of stolen property. The affected areas of East George County include Rocky Creek, Agricola, Howell, Shipman, Movella and other communities.

"They've been going into peoples' homes. Kicking doors in and stealing everything from T.V.'s, computers, guns and jewelry," Pierce explained.

While investigators continue to follow-up on tips and additional patrols are working around the clock, authorities ask residents to document all valuables and practice burglary prevention.

"If you have valuable electronics or items at home, be sure to have a serial number and a picture or anything that can identify that piece of equipment. You need to list anything that is in your home. This will help investigators track the missing items," Pierce said.

Follow these burglary prevention tips from National Crime Prevention Council:

•Always lock your doors and windows.
•Invest in high-security locks, solid entry doors, and laminated windows.
•Install bright outdoor lighting with motion detection.
•If you have an alarm system, use it. Post warning signs or window decals on your property.
•Trim bushes and trees so burglars can't hide and so branches don't block lighting.
•If you suspect an intruder is in your home, do not enter. Call 911 immediately.

If you have a tip or information on the burglaries contact the George County Sheriff's Department at 601-947-4811. If calling after 5 p.m., contact 911. You can earn extra cash by providing a tip that leads to an arrest. Simply contact MS Coast CrimeStoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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