MARSHALL - The Marshall Police Department made two arrests Tuesday relating to the recent rash of residential burglaries.
Arrested were a 25-year-old Marshall man and a 17-year-old Marshall boy, Marshall Police said Wednesday.
Criminal complaints are being sought.
This comes as good news to a community dealing with a spike in burglary numbers.
"It's a very good step in the right direction," said Marshall Police Department Sgt. Paula Curry. "I think it will allow us to tie together a vast majority of recent burglaries."
Curry said a combination of things led to the arrests, including the suspects' identification through prior history, information provided by citizens and administrative subpoenas the police department was able to attain. Search warrants were executed and large amounts of stolen property were recovered.
The MPD will begin the process of identifying owners of the recovered property and will make contact with those victims, a process the MPD said will likely take several days.
While the burglary rate is up in Marshall, Curry said it's still a small number compared to similar-sized cities. She said Marshall's transient population is one major reason for the uptick in these types of crimes.
"It depends on who's in the community," she said. "The criminal history is going to show you these people aren't new to criminal behavior. It's a matter of when they're out - it's more difficult to commit a crime when you're behind bars. Things spike when they're out. Sometimes, it's a matter of if you get repeat offenders and who's out of jail at a particular time. Not to disrespect treatment facilities, but we have a number of them in Marshall now, and that brings a lot of people here that don't normally have ties here."
Curry said Marshall residents are good about reporting something they see, which is beneficial to the police department.
Still, many don't.
"Sometimes people think something they saw wasn't a big deal but then they'll see a neighbor got broken into and think, 'I should've called,'" said Curry. "We'll get a call from someone who thought they heard breaking glass at three in the morning and they won't call until eight. It's important people keep their eyes open. We can't be everywhere all the time."
Curry encourages residents to keep valuable possessions like electronics and jewelry in a safe place and to document and take photos of them.
"We're sitting on a pile of stolen property right now, and it can be difficult to identify the owners," she said. "We may just get a description - it's a Toshiba laptop computer, well, we have a lot of those. People should document everything, because it makes it much easier for us to return property. If you have something missing, report it and keep your eyes and ears open."