TUPELO – Auto burglars are continuing to take advantage of unlocked cars, especially targeting the South Thomas Street area.
Tupelo Police Lt. Jerry Davis said the department has worked more than 20 auto burglaries throughout the city since Dec. 3 and have not made any arrests yet.
Over the weekend of Dec. 7, five cars were hit.
“All were parked at the owners’ homes and unlocked,” Davis said.
That came after 11 auto burglaries were reported in the South Thomas Street area, near the post office, Dec. 3.
Davis said the residents allege the burglars are three “young-looking” black men but no other details have been reported.
Residents have reported phones, chargers, cash, GPS systems and guns taken from their cars.
None of the 20-plus cars were locked when they were burglarized.
Davis said there have been a few auto-burglaries in other parts of the city, including at an apartment complex on McCullough Boulevard, but the vast majority over the past two weeks have been in the South Thomas Street area.
A rash of 12 auto burglaries were also reported in Saltillo Dec. 4 in the Scene Cove and Saddle Creek neighborhoods. Saltillo Police Chief Grant Bailey said suspects haven’t been identified in their burglaries either.