Vicksburg Police Department has dealt with a rash of crime over the past two days. Six incidents involved stolen handguns.
On Monday, May 16, VPD reported four incidents of stolen property.
The first report came at 3:46 p.m. on Monday in regards to a stolen firearm. Vicksburg police responded to Hillside Drive to take a report. The report alleges a family member of the reporting party had possession of their handgun. The handgun was reported to have been taken from that family member while stopped at the intersection of Bazinsky Road and Wisconsin Avenue.
The second report came in at 6:56 p.m. An auto burglary was reported to police. The reporting party stated a handgun was stolen from their vehicle while inside the Alcorn Supermart at Alcorn Drive and Mission 66. A malfunctioning keyfob was stated to have been possibly to blame for the vehicle to have been left unlocked. The incident would have occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 6:56 p.m.
At 7:27 p.m., an auto burglary was reported on R.L. Chase Drive in the Kings Community. Police responded to take a report of the incident. The reporting party stated a brick was used to break the driver side window of their vehicle and a firearm was removed. Video surveillance may exist of this incident.
Minutes later at 7:45 p.m. Vicksburg Police responded to 1001 Clay Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim stated their vehicle was left running while taking care of errands inside of a store. The vehicle was later located and recovered.
On Tuesday, May 17, VPD reported three additional incidents.
At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Vicksburg Police responded to a residence on Bazinsky Road for a reported theft. The reporting party told officers their backpack was stolen from their residence. The backpack contained multiple items. Among those items was reported to be a handgun which has not been recovered.
At 5:25 p.m., Police responded to an auto burglary on Mercer Street. The reporting party stated a handgun was stolen from their vehicle. Their vehicle was left unlocked. The incident is reported to have occurred between May 16 and May 17.
At 9:07 p.m., an auto burglary was reported in the 1900 block of Baldwyn Ferry Road. Officers arrived on scene and were advised by the reporting party that a handgun was taken from an unsecured vehicle. The report states the driver side door was left unlocked. It is believed this incident occurred between the evening hours of May 17.
Each of these incidents are pending further investigation.