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Yemassee residents hit with break-ins

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Police have received reports of several break-in attempts at one neighborhood. Police have received reports of several break-in attempts at one neighborhood.
YEMASSEE, SC (WTOC) -

Yemassee Mayor J.L. Goodwin and his wife were both asleep early Saturday morning when a masked man broke into their home through the back door. 

Goodwin said the intruder got away with jewelry, tools, money, and something very precious to him - something he may never get back. 
 
"They took two storm boxes. One with all the normal documents you usually keep," he said. "The other box - I have a great grandson that I was putting together some stuff from my marine corps days for him - medals and wings and stuff like that. I'm more upset with that than anything else."
 
Goodwin said he believes the man had an accomplice. 
 
"He went into the bedroom and opened the window and put stuff out through the window to some other people - I suspect," said Goodwin.
 
Goodwin's wife woke up and scared off the man. Police said Goodwin's house is the second house to be broken into in less than two weeks.

Someone tried to break in to two other homes two blocks down from Goodwin. 

Many folks, including Goodwin, are now getting house alarm systems installed. Others are loading their guns. That's something they thought they'd never had to do before. 
 
"I had a pistol, didn't even know where it was at," said Jim Mains. "I finally had to find it. Now it's laying out on my counter; laying beside my bed on top of the Bible." 
 
Residents said some of the stolen items can be replaced, but the trust in the community will be tough to get back. 

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