KERRVILLE, Texas -

Kerrville Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men Friday they believe are responsible for a rash of home burglaries in Kerr and surrounding counties.

Mark Mendez, 24, and Paul Roe, 25, were found with more than $50,000 in jewelry and other items and confessed to at least 10 burglaries in Kerr, Kendall, and Gillespie counties, said Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer.

Hierholzer said much more of the stolen property had likely already been sold.

“We have victims that have lost jewelry that was handed down from three to four generations. And they’ll never get it back,” said Hierholzer.

Hierholzer said there have been more than 30 home burglaries since March, about double what he sees in a normal year.

Hierholzer said area gold buyers are contributing to the problem by not keeping records required by the state, making stolen jewelry hard to trace.

By law, businesses must keep written record of what items are purchased, along with the name of the seller and pass that information on to local law enforcement within 24 hours of the purchase.

Hierholzer said his office plans to pursue charges against several business and make additional arrests.