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Deputies recover items stolen from cars in the area

Sheriff’s deputies have made two arrests and recovered several items stolen in a series of car burglaries Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said 21-year-old Javarius Trunner, of Brookhaven, and 20-year-old Charles Augustus, of Alexandria, Louisiana, are charged with 10 counts of auto burglary each after allegedly picking off unlocked vehicles at homes on Marwood Loop, River Road, Sidney Trail and Westside Estates late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. A juvenile was also arrested, and deputies are searching for another adult suspect as well, Rushing said.

“Evidence collected at the scene led our investigators to them, and once we located them, we located the missing property,” he said. “We’re looking at the possibility of some other charges, too. Right now, we’re still working through the investigation.”

Rushing said the group allegedly cruised Hwy. 84 looking for unlocked vehicles in driveways. None of the cars were damaged. Among the items taken and later recovered are two handguns, a rifle, credit cards and loose cash.

Vehicle burglaries were once uncommon in rural areas of the county, Rushing said.

“At night, when you’re not around your vehicle, take your personal items inside with you,” he said. “Sometimes people are just riding around, looking. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it always comes in strings. They look for targets of opportunity, and they won’t just break into one car.”