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UPDATE: Arrests Made After Break-Ins In Belington

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Barbour County authorities have taken two juveniles into custody.

Chief Harris said officers have recovered the stolen items.

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If it weren't for vigilant neighbors, Stephanie Corley may not have known as early as she did that her father-in-law's house had been broken into. The thieves took small things; among them, pills and a pocket watch that was a retirement gift from Barbour Coal.

"The items that were taken are more sentimental to us because his father just passed away," said Corley.

And they aren't the only ones. Two other houses in the area were also broken into, one in broad daylight. Now Corley and other neighbors are looking for answers as to who would be so brazen.

"It's like being violated, almost like being violated sexually. I mean, they're coming into your home, whether I live here or not, they're still coming into your home and going through your personal items and just taking what they want," Corley said.

The Corleys and their neighbors called the Belington Police Department, which is investigating the crime, but the department is so small, it's hard for officers to answer very quickly.

"We couldn't respond to that because we're a very small department, we have two officers right now that are certified. We have one that is at the academy at this time becoming certified," said Chief D.J. Harris.

Corley understands. Neither she nor her husband are upset with the department, but they do want to see better coverage, and better communication to help them stay safe.

"There's so much going on in town, like they had a fire last night, we've got wrecks going on all the time, there's just not enough to go around. There's a shortage of police enforcement and we need more," said Corley.

Chief Harris said the department's third officer should complete his training in December, and will be out on the force after that.  In the meantime, he reminds people to keep doors and windows of their homes and cars locked.

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