Sheriff's Office Making Progress In Rural Burglaries


By Alabama News Network

A string of burglaries in the last few weeks have hit residents in rural Montgomery county hard.

Now the Sheriff's office have arrested five suspects and are hunting for two more. 
Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies are looking for these two men, Stephen Hornsby and Anthony Vila.
Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham says they were selling meat door to door out of their truck, then breaking in after residents left.  he says authorities would not have been able to identify the suspects without the help of local residents. 
"The public was very helpful in locating the two suspects that we're looking for, because without their assistance we wouldn't have been able to find the vehicle they were driving. So it's good for us to be able to team up with the community and pass along and get information from them," said Chief Cunningham.
Gloria Smith has been burglarized four times over the last few years. She says that she feels safer with the extra patrols and recent arrests and is glad the community is coming together to fight back. Like holding a  meeting monday to find new ways to keep their neighborhoods safe.
"The meeting needed to be because we all came together and recognized what was happening to us. And for all of us be aware. So we'll get through this. We always do," said Smith.
Other members of the community have had to change their habits to keep themselves from being victims. 
"We keep our door locked more than we used to. Don't ever leave it open," said Edward Broadway.
"Well, try to be careful all the time. I raise dairy goats which I think are rather valuable! That's why I have the dogs," said Bob Buiciste.
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