SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

The Greene County Sheriff's Department said via Twitter that several people were arrested for two home invasions.  The arrests were made Tuesday morning after the department released photos of two burglars on Monday.   A department spokeswoman said a news release would provide more information on Tuesday afternoon.  

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First, two men in dark hoodies broke into a duplex in the 3300 block of South Clifton Avenue late Sunday night or early Monday morning.  A couple hours later, two men armed with rifles broke into another home in the 3800 block of South Cottage Avenue.

Sandra Stephen says she was up late as usual, and thought it was either the dog or her husband up getting a snack in the kitchen.

"I said, 'Oh, you're up,' and he just kind of turned.  I didn't see his face because there was no lights on there.  And when I saw the second guy, that's when I got scared and I started screaming, 'Get out of my house,'" said Sandra Stephen.

The two men took off, but got away with Stephen's purse, her husband's wallet, and their cell phones. 

"I just get angry that they can't go get a job, put as much energy into a job as they did stealing stuff," said Stephen.

Investigators quickly learned the thieves used the Stephens' debit cards at a nearby gas station and got their photos on surveillance.  The dark clothing also matches the description of the two men who broke into the home on Cottage, less than a mile from the Stephens, where five people were asleep.

"A couple of men broke in with guns, and woke our son up," said Naheel, who lives in the home and didn't want us to use her last name.

The teenage boy was ordered to give the men money or valuables. 

"They hit him in the back with the gun and told him not to turn around and look at their faces.  They put the gun in his face then and said, 'You think we won't shoot you?'" Naheel said.

A family friend says one of the men stomped on his stomach and also held a gun to his face.

"The worst part is, the part that we're really angry about is, that somebody came into our house where you're supposed to be safe," Naheel said.

Both families are thankful no one was seriously hurt, but hope the intruders will soon be in jail.

"I think that they're going to be able to catch them, hopefully," said Naheel.

In both cases, the men were seen fleeing on foot.  At that gas station where they used stolen debit cards, they were seen in a green or teal Ford Explorer with no license plates.  Investigators believe they were armed with rifles, and say they should be considered armed and dangerous.