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Police solve two burglaries, working on three more

Lawton_Four burglaries in less than one week, but the burglars aren't getting away with it. Tuesday three people were charged with second-degree burglary after breaking into a home on Sunday.  And four more suspects from Monday's burglary are in custody, under questioning by detectives. Police say within the next day or two that case will be turned over to the district attorney as well.  And they say they are also close to solving three more burglary cases.

Police chief ronnie smith says in every one of these cases homeowners and neighbors have been catching the burglars themselves and handing them over to police.  He says people aren't thinking twice before reaching for weapons to protect their homes, and he said if that doesn't discourage burglars, this quick prosecution time will.

Exactly one week ago Tuesday Jeffrey Dorrell shot and killed a teenage burglar he caught in his home.  The very next day the same scenario happened again -- that time the homeowner's shots missed the burglar as he jumped over the fence. "The homeowners are starting to take action, being more aggressive toward people breaking into their homes, as we've witnessed in the last couple weeks," Chief Smith said.

Police later caught that suspect and are currently building a case against him. Then Sunday two burglars led police on a foot pursuit after they were caught stealing computers, TVs and clothes from a home. Neighbors helped contain them in the neighborhood until police cornered them. Three suspects in that case were arraigned today -- less than 48 hours after the crime.

But Monday it happened yet again -- a man hitting a burglar with a baseball bat after catching four people breaking into his neighbor's house. Those four suspects have been arrested -- and police are presenting a case to the district attorney this week.  "I don't know what makes people think that they have the right to just break into someone's house," said homeowner Cathy Hayden-Casey.  "And if you are a thief out there, you need to be careful, because you never know whose house you're breaking into."

Chief Amith says he's not encouraging people to become vigilantes -- but he says it's your right, and the law will protect you if someone breaks into your home and endangers your safety. "You can have all the insurance in the world, and it's still not going to cover everything that you lose," Chief Smith said. "Because you lose a feeling of security in your home when your house is burglarized. And so people are going to stand up for themselves.  And they're starting to do that more and more.  And we don't encourage that, but at the same time, what can you say? You can't blame people."

Police still have some open cases, so if you have any additional information regarding any burglaries across Lawton -- call Crimestoppers at 355-INFO.

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