East Ridge Police investigate vehicle break-ins

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) – It was over the weekend that Hope Dodson got a call from a relative telling her that there had been several vehicle break-ins in her neighborhood around Frawley Road and Cedar Glen Circle.

And, when she went out to check on her own cars she found hers had been broken into too.

“They were just ransacked two or three of our vehicles were ransacked,” Dodson said.

Dodson said her vehicle doors were unlocked.

She said nothing was stolen out of her cars, but it was apparent that someone had made their way inside.

“They did get into here (the center console) and pushed everything everywhere,” Dodson said.

East Ridge Police are investigating around six reports of vehicle break-ins that happened in that area over the weekend.

Authorities said the suspects have taken firearms, electronics and even a vehicle with its keys left inside.

“All of them were cars that were entered that were left unlocked,” Assistant Police Chief Stan Allen said.

Assistant Chief Allen said vehicle break-ins are not uncommon, and the over whelming majority of reports they get involve vehicles that are unlocked.

“Just remember to take everything out of the car. Don’t leave anything visible like computers, phones, wallets, take that stuff inside and lock the doors. Lock the car doors, take the keys with them,” Assistant Chief Allen said.

Assistant Chief Allen said this type of crime tends to go up this time of year.

As for Dodson, she said she does not leave anything of value in her cars.

It’s a way to prevent something from being stolen.

If you think your car may have been broken into, contact police.

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