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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After several burglaries in a historic neighborhood, surveillance images were released showing two people police want to speak with. They’re being called persons of interest. This news means hope for an arrest for those living in the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood of northeast Kansas City.

Community action is being credited with at least one of the images. Some of the residents spent their Tuesday sweeping up dead leaves and sweet gum seed. Neighbors say they have no place in the historic neighborhood, and neither does crime.

“I know these things happen all over the metro, but it’s really critical here because we’re trying to bring this area back,” said James Burk who has lived there for three years.

The effort to restore and uplift the Scarritt neighborhood was briefly overshadowed by a rash of break-ins. Police tell FOX 4 there were at least eight break-ins, which happened when the residents were home.

Now neighbors hope the released pictures and video will mean someone is going to be held responsible for the crimes. Kansas City Crimestoppers says the female pictured in the car is using a credit card at a Raytown McDonald’s that was stolen from one of the Scarritt Neighborhood homes. The car is believed to be an older model Ford Taurus.

The other image is comes courtesy of someone living in the Scarritt Neighborhood.

"I think that’s a really great example of a successful block watch program, because police got that picture from one of our block watch people. That partnership is so critical for our neighborhood,” said Leslie Caplan, president of the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association.

She’s talking about home surveillance video a neighbor installed, which captured a man believed to be prowling outside one of the homes.

Folks in the neighborhood are making it clear they take safety seriously. Just last week close to 100 people showed up for a police presentation aimed at keeping them from being victimized. If you recognize the people in the images, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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