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Burglars hit several Cherokee County homes and campsites

CHEROKEE CO., TX (News Release) - On May 10, 2012 Cherokee County investigators responded to the Shooks Bluff Hunting Club on FM-1247. 

Upon arrival the Deputy was met by several members of the hunting club who had discovered the lock on the gate had been changed.

When they checked the campsite, they discovered that 9 campers and 2 cabins had been broken into sometime between May 5th and May 10.  Each unit had been forcefully entered and rummaged through.

Among the items stolen were:

* Common camping, hunting, fishing and assorted outdoor equipment

* Various types of ammunition, clothing, and canned food items

* Electronics such as hand held two-way radios, TV's, radios, DVD players, satellite TV receiver boxes, and appliances.

The total combined loss due to damage and theft is estimated at over $15,000.

Then, between Friday night (05/25) and Saturday morning (05/26) at 4:30 a.m., three burglaries that appear to be similar or possibly related were reported to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.   

The first burglary occurred off FM-2138 between Maydelle and Jacksonville. The homeowner returned after being gone most of the evening and found their back door had been forced open.

Once inside, the owner discovered that their many of their electronics had been stolen.  Among the items stolen were a TV, an Apple iPad 2, a Nook Tablet, and Nintendo Wii game console, games and controllers.

The second burglary occurred at a residence located on FM-747 North, just off Hwy-79, west of Jacksonville.  The home owner returned to find their door forced open and the house ransacked.  At this location the burglars also stole electronics, including a flat screen TV and a computer.

The third burglary occurred at a residence located on CR-3816 in the Mt. Selman area.   At this location, the home owner returned Saturday morning around 4:15 a.m., after leaving Friday night.  When they returned home, they saw their back door had been forced open and was left standing open.

The only items taken from this residence were electronics as well.  Among the items reported stolen were two TV's, a Sony Playstation3, games and controllers.  No other items appeared to have been disturbed or stolen.

These burglaries appear to be similar in that they occurred between Friday night at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m.  Only electronic items were taken.  Entry was gained by forcing open the back door and the burglars would exit through the broken back door and leave them standing wide open.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes in Cherokee County, please call 866-586-7878. You do not have to give your name, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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