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"We have some leads and are actively pursuing it."

Two breaking and enterings and robberies in two weeks have one community on edge.  

Marmet Police said they are following up on tips from the public.  Many of those tips were from concerned citizens with computers.

"The more that citizens know, the more they're aware of what's going on out there, and the more they can help police and get these criminals off the streets," said Patty McGrew.  Patty is one of the administrators of the Marmet Community Watch Facebook Page.

Anyone in the town is free to post suspicious activity or tips.  

Marmet Police said these recent breaking and enterings aren't something they're taking lightly.  

Chief of Police in Marmet, Fred Maynor said, "It's a real problem.  Fortunately we haven't had to deal with much of it, but here lately they've got us a couple of times."

One of those robberies happened at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.  

The victim did not want to be identified.   She said the worst part of the ordeal is the feeling of being violated.  

Police said to catch these criminals, it all comes back to the public.  They said the Marmet Community Crime Watch is a huge asset.  "We want to thank them for the help they're giving us and we're getting some cooperation, but we need people to help us," said Maynor.  

Members of the crime watch group said they welcome anyone who wants to put an end to senseless crimes.

For McGrew, it was an easy decision. To stop crime in a community, she says a community has to come together.

Police are hopeful they'll find their suspects, and say when it comes to the search, citizens are key in the investigation.

If you have any information on the recent crimes in Marmet, you're asked to contact the Marmet Police Department.