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    38 break-in reports in Little Rock's Midtown area since Jan. 1

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thursday morning's shootout brought up questions about crime in the Midtown area. In fact, police took two other reports of residential burglary in the same area in the last three days.

    "I woke up, and my roommate told me there had been a shoot out from people who were robbing specifically this place," recalled Caroline Sewell.

    It was a startling Thursday morning in Midtown for Sewell and her neighbors. Two men breaking into cars sparked a police shootout and a manhunt, locking down two schools and shutting down traffic.

    "The fact that something is going on, robbing and breaking in cars. They could have broken into my house," said Sewell.

    Break-ins are no longer uncommon in Midtown. Since January 1, Little Rock Police said they've taken 38 burglary or forced entry reports in the Midtown area, several occurring on the same day.

    One of the most recent happened Wednesday on Woodlawn, and another happened the day before just a few streets away on Evergreen. In both cases, thieves broke into homes stealing jewelry and electronics.

    "If I do have a break-in, they are going to have to answer to my .30-30," exclaimed Richard Robertson.

    He's lived in Midtown 17 years and said he's never had a problem.

    "I refuse to be a prisoner of my own house. I'm going to get out and do things I have always done, so I just don't let it bother me quite honestly," explained Robertson.

    Even after Thursday's manhunt, Robertson said until the crime comes to his door, he'll carry on as usual, keeping the most important things close to his side.

    "It's material stuff. If they want it, let them come get it. I've got it insured. Just as long as they don't get any of my family," said Robertson.

    Police said many of the break-ins happened during the day while people were working. No word yet on any arrests in those cases.

    Thursday morning's shootout briefly shut down North University and H Street in Little Rock and locked down Hall High and Forest Heights Middle School.

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