Murfreesboro police are on the hunt for some bad weather burglars. For nearly a week, folks in several Murfreesboro neighborhoods have been the victims of car break-ins, and the crooks did most of their damage during a weekend storm.
About 20 car burglaries were reported in just a few days in neighborhoods off Florence Road. The thieves are accused of taking everything from expensive camera equipment to GPS units to iPods.
Phyllis Hagan went to her husband's car to get his rain gear at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday not knowing burglars were in the neighborhood breaking into vehicles.
When she got to the vehicle, she noticed the thieves had stolen her husband's gun.
"I could have been hurt with them being out here and them in the process of breaking into cars," Hagan said. "We had a loaded gun."
Hagan said her insurance deductible is more than the $200 it will take to replace her window. She's upset that the suspects have no regard for other people's property.
"Get a job," Hagan said. "If you want what everyone else has, get a job."
A storm was moving through at the time, and police said the suspects used that as their cover as they went from car to car.
"Making noise such as smashing windows and shutting car doors at 1 in the morning would normally attract a great deal of attention, but during the middle of a storm, chances are not as likely," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans.
Mary McCormick spent her lunch break Monday getting her window replaced after a burglar ransacked her van and took nothing.
"It's very frustrating," McCormick said. "I feel a little violated that someone had the nerve to bust out our window."
Police say several of the vehicles that were burglarized had been left unlocked. They said they can't stress it enough for folks to park safe.
"They should always keep their doors locked," Evans said. "The safe and secure feeling we have in our neighborhood is a good feeling, but we shouldn't let our guards down. We need to take our valuables in, especially firearms, because we never know who hands they will end up in."
Police have increased patrols in marked and unmarked units, hoping to put a stop to the string of car break-ins.
Investigators will also be checking area pawn shops to see if the suspects tried to sell some of the stolen items.
If you have any information that could help police track down the crooks, call Crimestoppers at 615-893-STOP.
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