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Police Investigate Car Burglaries In Highland Heights Area

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police are working on a string of car burglaries in East Nashville. Thieves broke into at least four vehicles in the Highland Heights area.

Victims are finding out the cost of replacing what was taken is nothing compared to what they're facing to repair their vehicles.

Thieves broke into Molly Sims car. They damaged both doors on the driver side of her Volvo. One window was cracked and the other smashed to pieces.

The thieves took only an iPod and a charger.

"For next to nothing in value, it's costing me a $500 deductible with my insurance company," said Sims.

Simmons lives in the Highland Heights area. There were at least three other victims.

Most of them are finding the same. It's costing them more to fix their cars than to replace what they've lost.

Metro Police Lieutenant Danny Driskell said the thieves are targeting small electronic equipment for a reason.

"Well, they're looking for something they can quickly swap out for drugs or money for whatever habits they have," said Lt. Driskell.

The bad news for victims is rarely do they catch the thieves.

"It's difficult. From time to time we catch them in the act. Sometimes we see them out on the street walking with it," Driskell added.

Simmons doesn't expect to get her iPod back, but she said she learned a valuable lesson about keeping all electronics and valuables out of plain sight.

"If you got a circle from your GPS on your dashboard you should wipe it off to hide electronics to make sure nothing is visible. From now on I will," Simms said.

Police said it's not unusual for the thieves to hit more than one vehicle in an area at one time. Sometimes they will dust for finger prints to see if they can get a match to someone who has been in trouble in the past.

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