Police See Rising Trend Of Gun Thefts From Cars

Suspected Car Burglars Caught On Surveillance

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A dangerous trend of thefts has hit Murfreesboro in which the thieves search only for guns during their car burglaries.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said they have discovered some of the best evidence yet -- surveillance video of car burglary suspects in action.

Detectives said a growing number of the thieves are looking only for weapons.

The newly released surveillance video shows two women targeting an unlocked car in someone's Murfreesboro driveway.

"The video is pretty good," said Officer Amy Norville. In fact, she said it may be the best lead yet to catch those involved in a recent rash of car burglaries.

"It is hard to catch them," said Norville.

Car break-ins are certainly nothing new. The thieves typically look for anything valuable, but police said they're seeing the trend of looking only for guns across the mid-state.

"There have been cases where items of value were left in cars and only guns are stolen," said Norville.

The suspected burglars in the the video did not find any guns, but there have been dozens of reports in recent weeks of weapons stolen from cars, and not just in Murfreesboro.

It's certainly a person's right to legally carry a firearm for protection, but Norville said you'll want to think twice now before leaving it in your car.

"If they are stealing your weapon, worst case scenario is you come out and catch them and they use it on you," said Norville.

The department certainly hopes to get more clear surveillance video like this, hoping to track down suspected car burglars and recover stolen items especially guns.

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