Enterprise police investigating weekend rash of car break-ins

Published 08/11 2014 05:37PM

Updated 08/11 2014 11:36PM

"I just wish there was a little more police presence," said Paul Bracewell, who lives down the street from one of the recent break-ins.  "We have a couple [of police officers] who live in the area, and I see them, but I don't see a lot of police presence on the West Side."

Just within the last two weeks, Enterprise police arrested four people in connection with burglarized homes, but this time, they're looking for those responsible for breaking into cars.  Police say the number of car break-ins this weekend was unusual.  Bracewell has lived in the area for 15 years, and he and others say it's normal.

"It's just a constant issue.  I have friends that live in the area and we have stuff stolen all the time, there's not a lot of honest people running around.  You have to keep your stuff under lock and key, or it's going to get stolen," Bracewell said.

There were five break-ins within a span of hours, and most happened around College, Lee and Rawls Streets, with the thieves walking away with firearms, money and electronics.  According to police, some of the cars were unlocked, but the suspects broke the windows of other vehicles.

"The guys investigating these are following up on any leads.  They're collecting any latent evidence collected at the scene, and they'll process through that," said Sergeant Billy Haglund with the Enterprise Police Department.

Sources say two males, one wearing a green shirt, were seen at a home where one of the vehicles was parked, and one of the men took a brick from the backyard and attempted to smash the front passenger side window.  

WDHN was then told a neighbor yelled at the thieves before they had a chance to strike his vehicle, and they fled the scene.

"I would recommend that you don't leave your valuables in your vehicle, especially firearms," Haglund said.  "Don't leave your laptops or iPads in there, and of course, lock your doors."

As of this afternoon, police were still looking for suspects, and they're requesting anyone with information on these crimes to contact the Enterprise Police Department.

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