Two men have been arrested this week and police believe they are connected with a string of break-ins in the Ridgewood neighborhood, according to the Springfield Police Division.
Jeffery Allen Jenkins, 38, and Ronald Lee Moore, 48, were arrested on Tuesday evening on outstanding warrants, Springfield Police Capt. Brad Moos said.
Jenkins was charged with drug paraphernalia offenses, possessing drug of abuse instruments and possession of drugs, court records show. Moore was arrested for multiple charges, including obstructing official business, drug paraphernalia offenses and breaking and entering.
Officers recovered stolen property as a result of the arrests, Moos said, that tied them to three local burglaries.
“We are certain one of the burglaries was in the Ridgewood area,” he said.
The men were expected to be charged in connection to the burglaries on Friday, he said, and could face more charges next week.
Officers met with neighbors in Ridgewood on Thursday evening, he said, to talk about the recent break-ins and what residents should do to protect themselves.
Neighbors should make sure they secure their belongings and look out for each other, Moos said.
Three break-in attempts happened in the neighborhood in one weekend, the Springfield News-Sun previously reported. In one, the homeowner ran into the intruder, who fled the scene.
One neighbor’s security camera captured two people walking down the street in the early morning hours.
Michael Morris, who’s lived in Ridgewood for 20 years, said he’s relieved to hear arrests have been made in the break-ins but he said he won’t let his guard down.
“Very much heightened awareness of what’s going on,” he said.
Many neighbors have posted orange signs in their windows that say, “Neighborhood Crime Watcher,” and Morris said he and other residents have been more vigilant, at times driving around in the evening and early morning.
“I believe the police department is doing the best they can given the circumstances and the situation,” he said.
The investigation into the break-ins is ongoing, Moos said. Anyone with information on the burglaries can call Springfield Police at 937-324-7685.
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