Evacuated oil spill home burglarized, extra security in place

    7:35 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Nearly two months after an oil spill happened in a Mayflower neighborhood, at least one home that was evacuated has been broken into. 

    THV 11 received a tip that Mayflower multiple homes are being broken into. We talked with Mayflower Police Chief Robert Satkowski, who confirmed that at least one evacuated home has been burglarized.

    "As you can imagine with no one living in the homes, it's no light emanating from the windows or anything, so it's quite dark," Mayflower Police Chief Robert Satkowski said.

    No light makes for the perfect scenario for mischievous activity like burglaries. According to Satkowski, the development has been monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since March 29; however, the constant presence might not have been enough.

    A police report filed on Saturday, May 18 indicated that someone broke into a home on North Starlite Drive. Someone entered through the back window and went through the house, throwing clothes all over the floors.

    Chief Satkowski said the nearby woods, make providing security difficult in places, "I have sat out there in that cul-de-sac. Even if I was sitting there when that person did it, I wouldn't have seen it."

    As a result of Saturday's break-in, Exxon contractors have installed large, bright lights that illuminate the area where the vacant homes sit.

    "Lights it up much like a football field to preclude any like instances occurring," Satkowski added.

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