LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - When you become the victim of a thief you rarely expect to get your belongings back especially your most sentimental stuff.
Little Rock Police busted two people for stealing more than $30,000 worth of stuff. Some of it was one women's memories of her late husband.
Barbara Chastain loves her jewelry. That's why she was devastated when someone broke through her window and came into her home and stole nearly her entire collection. Including some of her most important things.
"Keepsakes from my husband who has passed away, my aunt who has passed away, and my daughter," said Chastain.
But, to her surprise, it wasn't gone for long.
"This was a big deal and it was all in that house on Wilson Street," said Little Rock Police Lt. Steven McClanahan.
Detectives were able to find more than $30,000 worth of stolen items from a number of burglaries. Ariel McDaniel and her son Adrian Clinkscale, 16, were arrested.
"Not only are we putting the bad guy in jail, we are giving you your property back," said McClanahan.
The department sorted through the belongings getting it to the rightful owners.
"[An officer] brought this sack to me and I looked in there and I thought, 'oh my gosh, it's like Christmas again.' I couldn't stand to just not go through it," said Chastain.
Paper bags held a number of her special jewelry, like a watch given to her by her late husband, that's back on her arm.
"It's just amazing. All I can say is God is good. What a blessing," said Chastain.
Chastain says these things represent a lifetime of happy memories, and now, good police work too.
"These people that worked on the case, they were dedicated, you could tell. I was just so blessed," said Chastain.
The suspects are in jail and face a number of different charges. The 16-year-old will be charged as an adult. He was out on bound for allegedly shooting up an occupied house when he was arrested.
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