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Opelika and Columbus police recover stolen items from burglaries

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OPELIKA, Ala. -

Megan Keller was feeding her four-month-old daughter when two men tried to break into her Opelika home.

"They was banging on the door and the dogs were going crazy," says Keller.

Her boyfriend called 911 and led police to the men, who were suspects connected to a string of burglaries in Opelika neighborhoods. Police say they found thousands of dollars worth of stolen items in the suspect's home and cars. They're calling on anyone who has had items stolen from them to come to the police station to claim them.

This comes a day after Columbus Police announced four individuals face charges in connection with 26 burglary and theft cases. Police say more than $45,000 worth of stolen items has been recovered -- most of the items have been returned to the owners, according to police.

Police say even though they've made a pretty big dent in one string of burglaries, they're anticipating more with the holiday season approaching.

"Burglary suspects will know there's new items in these houses or they see on the side of street...a common item stolen is televisions. When they see a new television box that just lets them know, there's something new here, we can get it," says Captain Bruce Delong with the Opelika Police Department.

The Opelika Police Department gives some ways to protect your home and car from holiday burglaries:

  • Stop your mail or have it picked up by a trusted friend or relative.
  • Make your home look lived in while you're away, such as by leaving a light on.
  • When you receive gifts or buy new items, write down the serial number so if it's stolen the police can have something to help them locate it
  • When you're out shopping, don't leave gifts in plain-site in your car, but place them in the trunk.

As for Keller, she says she's taking extra precaution this holiday season, and glad the men who tried to break into her home are behind bars.

"It is a little unnerving, but I do feel a little better that they got arrested, I'm not worried about them coming back at least," says Keller.

The identities of the suspects in the Opelika burglaries have not been released. They are still being questioned by investigators.

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