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Benton County Deputies Make Arrests After More Than 20 Burglaries

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PROSSER, Wash.-- There have been more than 20 reported break ins in Benton County in the last couple months. One woman says it happened right in her backyard.

"The neighbors right behind us the bars, were hit here just before Christmas, they lost an X-Box and some games, and a couple laptops and some cash," said Amber McWhirk, a Prosser resident.

Neighbors are spreading the word and keeping an eye out for each other.

"We do have a neighbor up the road, Charlie Card, who keeps track of everybody, everything that's going on, we do have a neighborhood watch here," said McWhirk.

And the watch is paying off.

"One of the citizens actually advised them that they knew about a couple burglaries that had occurred, and so they talked to the citizens and the puzzle started falling into place," said Lieutenant Joe Lusignan, with the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Two pieces of that puzzle are 18 year old Andrew Alvarez, and 19 year old Steven Roy Cox, both from Benton City. Deputies say they've arrested more than four other teens. And that's just one part of the county.

"We don't believe that this group is responsible for all the burglaries that have occurred out there, we believe that there are probably several groups," said Lusignan.

These groups know what they're after.

"The victims don't necessarily live within 20-30 yards of their neighbors, it can be pretty remote, it can be a mile to their neighbors, we still need the assistance from the citizens to give us the information," said Lusignan.

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