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18 residential burglaries in Jefferson County, victim shares her story

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JEFFERSON COUNTY (KATV)--Police nab two suspects after 18 residential burglaries happened in just four months. Three of the burglaries happened in Pine Bluff, while the rest were in rural parts of Jefferson County.

One of the victims, Dorcas VanGilst, has had her home burglarized three times already, and this third time she was part of the rash of burglaries that have been taking place since January.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has identified David Stacker, 21, and Darius Burnett, 19, are allegedly connected to all 18 of the residential burglaries.

VanGilst says while she's relieved that police have suspects in custody, the experience was shocking.

"She said mom I hate to tell you this, but you got broken into, of course my heart sank I was just like nooo," said VanGilst.

"They had just popped it open, and this was wide open, and we couldn't close it...the whole locking mechanism was falling off," she added.

VanGilst said when she walked through her home it was not ransacked until she arrived to her bedroom.

"We walked in here, there was cords all over the floor, the DVD player was on the floor, the large screen TV was just gone," she said.

"The only other thing that they took was our laptop, it was sitting out in the hallway sitting on a coffee table and they picked that up, and like I said everything else was untouched."

VanGilst added, it wasn't just her electronics that were stolen that day, but also her sense of security.

"I know everybody says this, but it's so true ... is that you feel so violated, it's just that feeling that someone has been in your home...uninvited I don't know who it was I don't know what they looked at, I don't know what they touched and it's just a really creepy feeling and it leaves you feeling unsafe."

Stacker has been charged with 18 counts of residential burglary. Burnett has not been officially charged because he was already in jail for unrelated residential burglary charges prior to these 18.

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