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Santa Rosa County Home Burglaries

SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- Santa Rosa County deputies are looking for whoever is behind a string of home burglaries in the Pace area.  The crimes are happening in broad daylight while most people are at work.
Within the past two weeks at least 12 homes have been broken into near Pea Ridge Elementary School and along Bell Lane.

David Dezman lives on Keyser Lane in Pace.  He says a few days ago, he noticed something out of the ordinary outside his home.

"Some truck whipped up real fast in the driveway, and I see a guy open the door.  I got up and looked out the window to see who it was and turn the lamp on and as soon as they see me, they backed on out of here" said David Dezman, Santa Rosa County resident.

After learning about the burglaries in Dezman's area, the strange happenings made more sense.  David believes his house could have been a potential target since his driveway is usually empty throughout the day.

"They were up to something.  Plus my friend just got his house broken into off of Bell Lane" said Dezman.

Santa Rosa deputies say the burglars have been forcing their way into homes by breaking windows and doors.  Criminals are taking items like jewelry, guns, electronics and Christmas presents.  Other residents are shocked about the emboldened crime spree.

"They've got a lot of brass.  Somebody ought to take them and catch them and string them up" said Nancy Slay, Santa Rosa County Resident.

"Usually you hear about them happening at night, not during the day.  People are out working, trying to make money and support their kids and then you have people that just don't have anything better to do" said Dolores Bradley, Santa Rosa County resident.

While Dezman's not sure if the truck that pulled in his driveway is connected to the burglaries, he is urging his neighbors to remain vigilant.

"Just keep your eyes peeled, if you see suspicious activity, call the Sheriff's Department" said Dezman.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about the burglaries to call their Crime Stoppers Tip line.  (850) 433-STOP.