While Some Get Stolen Items Back, Some Are Still Waiting

Residents in Smith County are still hoping to rest easy tonight, after a string of burglaries at nearly a dozen homes.

Today, KLTV 7's Layron Livingston spoke with one resident who got his most prized possession back. Other victims have yet to be so lucky, and they are still looking for answers.

"This is my baby right here."

It's something Gary Phillips thought he'd never see again.

"When I go 6 feet under, I want this gun to be beside me when I do. I mean that's how much it means to me."

Gary's gun, which once belonged to his father, was one of 11 stolen from his home last week.

Yesterday, Gary got 8 of his guns back.

"Not knowing who's hand it was in, not knowing what was going on with it...and to get it back is just marvelous."

Miles away, residents in Sand Flat are still trying to settle their nerves.

Last week, 8 homes were broken into.

Many of their possessions are still missing. Many of them are still not sure whether or not those responsible are still on the loose.

"I would like to think that they've caught them. You never know what kind of people these are."

Genny Aucoin says she's heard too many stories. Now, she doesn't know what to think.

"I want to feel safe...I want to know that there's closure, but I haven't heard anything one way or the other."

Smith County investigators did not want to go on camera, but they did tell me no one has officially been taken into custody. But they are confident some arrests, maybe several, will be made in the near future.

Gary Phillips wants to have that same confidence.

"The other residents, as well as myself...get all their property back. And the ones that done it, get what they got coming to them."

If you have any information about that string of burglaries, you're urged to contact the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com