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About $10,000 Of Stolen Property Recovered in Pocola

POCOLA (KFSM) — About $10,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered after a five-month-long string of burglaries in LeFlore County. The Pocola Polic...

POCOLA (KFSM) -- About $10,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered after a five-month-long string of burglaries in LeFlore County.

The Pocola Police Department said laptops, televisions, tablets, cameras, jewelry and silver spoons are among the items recovered after arrests were made in connection to the burglaries. Aside from the recovered property shown on 5NEWS, police said there is another room at the department full of more recovered property that has yet to be identified by the owners.

Patricia and Orval Howery live in Pocola, and said someone broke into their home on Love Street in November.

"Our back door had been jimmied open,” Orval said on Thursday (Dec. 3).

The couple quickly discovered their laptop, jewelry and medications were gone. Patricia said banana bread and soup were also taken from their home.

Investigator Joshua Butler with the Pocola Police Department said a total of four homes, in the same area near Love Street, have been burglarized since the beginning of July. He said in all of the cases, people were not at home when the burglaries took place.

“Talking to some of my victims, there's a couple houses -- one in particular that was broken into twice -- within a couple months,” Butler said. “That creates a fear when you're victimized like that -- a fear of going home.”

And while the Howerys said they will be getting their laptop back -- other items, like Patricia’s mother's ring, a diamond necklace and diamond earrings were not recovered.

"That stuff meant a lot to us -- and it will never be replaced,” she said.

Butler said two women were arrested in connection to the burglaries on Nov. 23. Police are not releasing the names of the two women because the investigation is ongoing, but they are in the LeFlore County Detention Center. Butler said their bonds have not yet been set.

The same two women are believed to be connected to three burglaries in Sebastian County, according to Butler.

Still confused as to why someone decided to take her food, Patricia baked loaves of banana bread to thank police for their work on the string of burglaries.