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Cash, Jewelry Among Items Stolen from Jackson Meadow Fire Victims

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@bahakelcomm.com

WEST JACKSON. -- Cash, thousands of dollars in jewelry, a bottle of wine and even a woman's wedding ring, were some of the things police say were stolen from apartments inside Jackson Meadow Retirement Residence.

"How can somebody just take something from elderly people?" Samatha Borgilt said, a caregiver for one of the residents.

"I'm hoping that most of that stuff was misplaced and maybe they'll show up in the future," Don Kirk said, a Jackson Meadow resident.

Lieutenant Jeff Shepard says security was on the property while residents were gone, but it's still been difficult to track down any leads.

"Workers actually boxed up the residents belongings and had them placed in the lower level apartments," Shepard said.

Investigators say the burglaries and thefts happened while the residents were displaced from a fire in March.

According to police, residents left their doors unlocked so contractors could do repairs, and with their valuables were still inside.

"They could've been misplaced, when you had to move everything out of rooms and store them move them back in," Kirk said.

Police say now they're stepping up patrols in the area to make sure residents are safe.

"All of the people that live here are really nice," Borgilt said. "And I mean they would pretty much...all of them would give you the shirt off their back and stuff."

Police say more than a dozen thefts occurred but only four were reported. If you have any information that can lead to an arrest contact Jackson Police or Crime Stoppers.
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