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Crime spree has George County deputies working overtime

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The break-ins happen in broad daylight, usually by kicking in the door. All have occurred in the eastern part of the George county. The burglars know what they want. 

Detective Stuart Fairchild is working the case.

"They take money, T.V.'s, guns, jewelry, electronic games is mainly what they're after. It looks like kind of quick operation, something that would take about 10 to 15 minutes to do total," Fairchild explained.

Police have developed some leads, with extra manpower patrolling the roads, according to Fairchild.  

"There are several crews that operate out of the west Mobile County and we believe that it's pertaining to them," George County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Shonna Pierce said.

When the calls come into dispatch, you can sense the growing frustration. 

"Well, it varies from the incredulous, like, 'I can't believe this happened to me.' Or surprise, fear, panic, and just downright anger." Pierce said. 

James Spears lives on Rocky Creek Road, one of the hardest hit areas. The crime spree has him concerned.  

"It's just me and the wife here. Thank the Lord we don't have any kids, but if we did, it would be a safety concern and I'd protect myself," Spears said.

When it comes to home burglaries, there are two concepts involved, either a soft target or a hard target. So the question is, what can you do to make yourself a hard target and protect yourself?

Detective Ben Brown has this advice, "Use dead bolts. If they have a security system, be sure they have signs in the yard displaying they are protected by a home security system. Notify their neighbors when they are going to be out of pocket."   

Do that, and you may keep more of your valuables in your pockets. 

A local business has put up a $500 reward in the case. Crimestoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.   

If you have information about the crimes, call the George County sheriff's department at 601-947-4811 or simply dial 911.

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