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Auto burglaries plague police and residents

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Denise Cantrell says her car was parked for just 30 minutes before someone burglarized it Friday morning at her job. Denise Cantrell says her car was parked for just 30 minutes before someone burglarized it Friday morning at her job.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Denise Cantrell says her car was parked for just 30 minutes before someone burglarized it Friday morning at her job.

"They had ransacked the front seat of my car on both sides and stolen a couple of items," recalled Cantrell.

It happened about the same time police say a homeowner, across town, on Tanglewood Drive shot and killed a man breaking into his truck.

In June, Jackson police reported an increase in the number of car burglaries.

The Jackson Police Department organized an operation to alert customers in north Jackson shopping centers.

"We're asking the public to help us out by securing their items in the trunks of their cars. A lot of people are under the misconception if they throw a towel or a T-shirt over that purse or that bag in the backseat that, that's gonna hide it, and the criminal element knows that and they are looking for something like that as well," at the time said JPD Commander James McGowan.

Cantrell says most of her valuables were in her trunk. However, the crook got away with a gun and a pair of sunglasses that were out of sight.

"I was frustrated. It's one of those things where you think it's not gonna happen to you," said Cantrell.

She believes it's more of a crime of opportunity.

"They may target the places that they think people would potentially have more valuable things in their car by area," explained Cantrell.

The Jackson Police Department website's latest crime report is from May 13-19.

Sixty-one auto burglaries were reported to JPD in that week. Precinct 3, in northwest Jackson, reported the most burglaries with 22.

Precinct 1 had seven auto burglaries. Precinct 2 reported 20 and Precinct 4 was called 12 auto burglary calls. 

Cantrell says another person's vehicle was broken into at the same time as hers.

No arrest has been made in that case.

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