Victims upset to learn 'Evening Burglar' has history of home burglaries

Victims of the so-called "Evening Burglars" are not happy their homes were broken into when one of the suspected burglars was supposed to be in prison.

In 2006, that suspect, Corey Lee Caldwell, was on probation in an organized crime case connected to home burglaries and was being re-arrested for the same thing when he walked out of an unlocked holding cell through a courtroom to freedom.

Caldwell avoided arrest until Nov. 2007 and stayed in jail until 2010, when Judge Don Adams sentenced him to 60 years in prison for violating his probation.

Three years and nine months later, he was paroled in May 2014.

While in prison, the state says Caldwell accumulated good time, flat time and work time totaling over 16 years -- more than the 15 required for his crime.

Burglary victim Don Irvine is irked with the parole board.

"Every time they let somebody out on parole and they become a repeat offender, it ought to go against their record," said Irvine.

Irvine was out of the country when his home was broken into, and his wife was with friends.

"They actually got a lot of jewelry from my wife," said Irvine. "It wasn't real expensive jewelry, but it was sentimental stuff….I had rolls of uncirculated state quarters and they took those. They took some rings. They also took a watch. I had a Vietnam commemorative watch."

Watching FOX 4 News, Irvine realized Caldwell had been arrested repeatedly in the past for home burglaries.

"Needless to say, I was very upset," said Irvine.

Irvine says the Evening Burglars took more than just "stuff," especially from his wife.

"I don't think she will ever feel as safe as she felt before we got robbed," he said.

Caldwell is currently facing three new charges for the same old crime -- burglary of a habitation.

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