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Burglary Victims Relieved After Two Arrested in Davenport


Police have been investigating more than a dozen burglaries in Davenport and Bettendorf for weeks. 

Burglars have been getting into homes through unlocked doors or cutting through window screens, all while homeowners are sleeping. 

Police have arrested two men, 28 year old Ronald Lam, Jr. and 22 year old Justin Butler. They're charged with second degree burglary and conspiracy.     

Police were able to track them down after they used a stolen ATM card. So far, they've only been linked to one burglary in Davenport, but police believe they are responsible for up to 16 others.  

"To this day, I still wonder, I sleep on the couch, every noise I hear, I jump up and it may take a while for it to go away," Sonya Fisher says. 

Burglars broke into her home in July, climbing in through the kitchen window and taking everything. 

"About $1500 in cash, iPad, iPhone, car keys, house keys, so we had to change all of our locks in our house," she says. 

This happened all while she and her family were sleeping. 

"We work hard for what we have here, for someone to come in and just help themselves to everything we worked hard for, it is, you feel violated and you're in the privacy of your own home," Fisher says, "It should be your safety net, your safety zone for your kids and family, and it was all taken away." 

For the past month, she and her family have been on edge. 

"When you see other people out you take a second look, could it have been them? I was even looking at friends and family that have been to our house, you just never know who it could be," Fisher says. 

Nearby burglars were just as bold at Rebekka Burks' home, breaking in through the kitchen all while her brother and his friend slept in the living room.

"All that kept going through my head was, ‘Oh my god, what if my brother woke up, he could've gotten hurt or something?" she says, "It hit me then and I started crying. It was very emotional because we didn't ever think that would happen to us and it does." 

Now today, both are relieved to hear the people responsible may have been caught.  

"I wanted the police to get busy and find these guys and it sounds like they did, and I'm very very happy they did," Fisher says. 

Though they don't think they'll ever get their things back, they're hopeful they'll never have to go through this again. 

"As long as they're in jail, and I know it won't happen again, hopefully to us, that's good enough for me," Burks says. 

Both of the men arrested have criminal histories. Court records show Ronald Lam, Jr. is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of third degree sex abuse when he was 18, his victim was under 13 years old. He's also had previous drug offenses.    

Justin Butler has been convicted of burglary before, and he's also had some drug offenses.

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