Residents still in fear after North Monroe burglary arrests

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Two men are facing charges after a string of burglaries in North Monroe, but some victims are still feeling unsafe.

Mayor Mayo and Monroe Police Department announced on Thursday afternoon that Daniel Alston and Reginald Capers were arrested in connection with the burglaries.

An announcement Wendy Newsom had been waiting for. Her home was one of many that were broken into in the last couple of weeks.

"There was a sigh of relief." - Newsom says.

Detective Reggie Brown says it wasn't an easy process.

"They brought in all of the evidence, all of the video surveillance," Brown says. "We were in there for almost two hours looking for evidence and things of that nature."

Newsom says she's happy they caught them, but even with these suspects behind bars, it still doesn't change how she feels.

"It doesn't mean that we can just let our guard down and go back to life as usual, no, and I don't know that I ever will again." - Newsom says.

She says they walked away with more than just her stuff.

"I used to not think anything about going to the store, you know, later at night, I do now. I do not do that anymore." - She says.

However, both Newsom and Brown agree that a community that comes together can help fight crime.

"As law enforcement, we cannot be everywhere at one time, but when we have the support of the community, they're our eyes and ears as well out in the streets, they cannot beat that combined effort." - Brown says.

Police say the two men arrested are repeat offenders and could face additional charges.