With all winter holidays there was a lot of work for the local police in Durant. After wishing Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to their families they had to go back to work. St. Valentine’s Day they’ve spend on the streets of Durant.

And they definitely have something to report about the Durant for the past few months.

February started off on a sour note for Street Cat Pizza, located on Victoria Street near 4th. On February 15 at about 8:30 p.m., the restaurant was held up by two suspects, one armed with a shotgun. The suspects, one white and the other a black male took the cash register, which contained the night’s receipts. Both suspects fled into the night, traveling westbound on Victoria Street toward Main.

The second robbery— which was much more serious, due to the injuries suffered by the victims— took place at 11th and Washington at about 7 p.m. on March 4. Two women were walking home when Honda Accord, gray in color with body damage to the driver’s side, pulled up alongside. Four men exited the vehicle and began to assault the women. After taking their money, the suspects fled in the Honda. The two women received cuts and abrasions to their faces, and both were treated by a city ambulance. At press time, no arrests had been made in this case.

All this bad news is followed by some good news.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with several robberies occurring this winter. The arrest came after two plainclothes officers spotted the suspects entering a residence. After a short chase and an exchange of gunfire, the suspects were taken into custody.

The level of residential burglaries and stolen autos was about the same for the months of January and February. And to tell you the truth, no one sees it getting better any time soon. One factor that accounts for an increase in crime is the lack of jail space in Durant. With jail overcrowding, the sheriff is forced to let offenders out early. And instead of one-year terms, these offenders some-times get three months.