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BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies say they busted a trio of thieves breaking into homes in South Baton Rouge.

Jewelry, guns, and computers were all part of the haul recovered from a burglary ring.

Deputies believe 17-year-old Andrew Hairston, 20-year-old Kevin Robertson, and a 15-year-old were behind the heists.

Three subdivisions, Westhaven, Springlake, and Old Hermitage, all had their share of burglaries.

Of the table full of merchandise recovered by deputies, it was a 2007 LSU football championship ring that made most people do a double take. The owner, Ace Foyil, told News2 he thought he would never see it again.

People living in the targeted areas told News 2 they started looking out for each other when the burglaries started.

Brent Mangum in the Westhaven neighborhood said, "We've just kind of been communicating as a community and as neighbors. Trying to watch out for each other and I think that's really helped on this side of the neighborhood at least."

And Evelyn Hayes living in the Old Hermitage area said although she's got her own security system, she believes the best security comes from working in numbers, telling News 2 "You can have alarms, you can have cameras and everything. Neighbors looking out for neighbors, that's what's going to stop it."

The three young men arrested, face a laundry list of charges.

No word yet on when the victims will be able to get their stolen items back.


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