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Thieves target vehicles at Moss Point boat launches

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Moss Point police are on the hunt for the thieves behind a rash of burglaries at local boat launch spots.

"We have a rash of auto burglaries. Actually, we have had 10 and this week we have had four," said Arthur McClung, Deputy Chief of the Moss Point Police Department. 

Investigators said the burglars have stolen $10,000 worth of property including radios, GPS devices, stereo systems, and even rifles.

"They know these people are way out on the water and they can't get to them real quick. They can get in their vehicles and drive off without the fishermen being able to see them," McClung said.

Police have now beefed up patrols to nab those involved. 

"We know a lot of the youth are out of school and lot of people are off work, so we put out a lot of extra patrol in the area to help detour some of this crime," McClung said.

Police said you can also help yourself by simply locking your doors, or keeping your valuables at home while you are boating and fishing on the water. 

"Most definitely, be aware of your surroundings," Deputy Chief McClung said.  

These boaters couldn't agree more and said they'll make sure they're not an easy target. 

"The piles of glass over there, that's obviously from someone breaking in already," boater Sam Huff said. "It is evidence enough to make you want to hide your electronics, cell phones, wires and cables."

Police are also encouraging folks to report any suspicious activity they see at any boat launch. 

"Give us a call, so we can get these people off our community streets," said the deputy chief. 

If you have any information on these auto-burglaries, please call the Moss Point Police Department at (228) 475-1711 or call Crime Stoppers.

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