By Micah Green/The Columbus Commercial Dispatch
A wave of burglaries is sweeping through apartment complexes in Starkville, The Columbus Commercial Dispatch reports.
A worker at one complex said there have been 67 auto burglaries in Starkville over the past week. The Starkville Police Department confirmed 40 burglaries during the period, including an alarming 11 reports on Wednesday alone from residents of apartment complexes located on South Montgomery and Locksley Way. The remaining burglaries were spread out near Stonehenge, The Polos and College Station, but SPD Lt. Troy Outlaw said that the majority of reports he has seen have come from complexes off Stark Road.
“It’s been difficult because we had almost 20 on the west end of town,” he said. “That would be like Mallory Lane and the Cross Gates area over there, and then this recent series is way to the southeast end of town.”
Outlaw said he believes the incidents are related, adding the items reported missing are usually similar, small items that can be carried and concealed easily.
“We are probably looking at a group of young suspects that are out in the early hours of the morning, watching out for police and hitting cars,” Outlaw said. “They are grabbing stuff like cash, iPods and even a few small caliber handguns.”
The thieves are not actually breaking into these cars but are instead targeting unlocked cars, according to Outlaw. He said he understands some people would rather leave their car unlocked than have their window broken, but they should be sure to take anything valuable out.
“I get it. I don’t have anything against someone leaving their car unlocked,” Outlaw said. “They would rather have someone be able to open their door than bust their window, but the only thing is, don’t leave stuff in your vehicle.”