The Vicksburg Police Department has been dealing with a high rate of burglaries in the city within the past several weeks, particularly auto burglaries.
Monday, Feb. 3, was no exception. In addition to one stolen vehicle, officers responded to one business and one residential burglary, and three auto burglaries.
There’s every reason to believe many of the auto burglaries are connected, Capt. Mike Bryant said. Most of them are being perpetrated by groups of teenagers walking around testing car doors to see if they’re locked. When they find an unlocked car, the teens will steal what’s in it.
Bryant added that the department has officers canvassing the neighborhoods where the burglaries occur, looking for witnesses and especially surveillance video. The videos have been useful in closing in on the teenagers responsible, he said.
He also emphasized that the public can assist in ending the auto burglary spree by simply locking their car doors.
The Vicksburg Police Department reported the following incidents for Monday, Feb. 3:.
The stolen vehicle was called in at 7:01 p.m. Monday, and officers responded to Water View Casino, 3990 Washington St., in reference to a vehicle theft that occurred at Riverside Construction. The victim stated that someone stole his 2003 Toyota Tacoma.
At 7:46 a.m., officers responded to Kings Head Start, 200 R.L. Chase Circle, in reference to a business burglary. The complainant stated an air conditioner unit, a television monitor, two radios with CD players each, and a roll of tissue were missing.
At 8:48 p.m. officers responded to an address in the 1700 block of Martha Street in reference to a residential burglary. The victim reported someone broke into the home and stole four packs of Kool cigarettes.
Police reported the following three incidents of auto burglary on Monday:
- At 6:20 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Hildegarde Terrace where the victim stated that someone broke into her 2015 Buick LPR and stole a 9mm handgun.
- At 11:51 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of McCauley Drive where the complainant stated that someone broke into a 2015 Acura TLX, stealing cash, a camouflage workbag, two flashlights, wireless headphones, a camera, Apple air pods and an iPhone 8SR.
- At 9:22 p.m., officers responded to Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., where the victim reported someone took her Michael Kors purse from the back seat of her 2015 Hyundai Accent.
If you have any information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.
Updated to include comments from Capt. Mike Bryant.
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