25 vehicles burglarized in Cleveland in one night

CLEVELAND, Tennessee(WDEF) – Cleveland Police are investigating a rash of auto burglaries that happened in one night.

Crown Colony has always been a quiet upscale subdivision; a close-nit neighborhood where residents didn’t have to worry much about crimes like burglary. But now many of them have become victims of a rash of auto break-ins.

"It is sad that people have to resort to taking other people’s possessions. If they would just ask, we’d probably help them out with whatever they did need. That’s just how we are around here," said Crown Colony Resident Barbara Kitterman.

Two night ago, Cleveland police found themselves investigating 25 auto burglaries. The majority of those crimes were committed in Crown Colony. Police say 17 of the 25 burglarized vehicles were left unlocked; which made it easy for crooks to gain entry when the vehicle owners were sleep.

"It’s a quiet way to break into a car. Just open the door and and you can leave the door open or quietly shut it and get everything you need form it," said Cleveland Police Spokesperson Evie West.

Items reported stolen include: wallets, purses money, credit cards, a computer and  firearms.

News 12 spoke to several neighbors who said the recent rash of auto burglaries in their community has encouraged them to start a neighborhood watch program.

"We are looking at some private surveillance and stuff like that. With a lot of us home most of the time during the day, we’re going to maybe start neighborhood watch," Kitterman said.

"You can start that now by simply looking outside and watching for suspicious activity and immediately reporting it to the local police department," West said.

So far, there is no suspect information.

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