BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi police said they're seeing an increase in auto burglaries in the Sunkist and Goose Pointe neighborhoods. They believe the same people are responsible, and police want your help identifying the suspects.
Take a good look at the surveillance images from the Goose Pointe subdivision in Biloxi. Police said it shows an auto burglary unfolding, and the suspects are still on the loose.
"It appears to be two to three people. Whether they're male or female, you can't tell at this time, because they appear to have something wrapped around their face," said Lt. Chris DeBack.
DeBack said starting in late June to early July, there have been five reports of auto burglaries in the Sunkist area and two in Goose Pointe.
"Both incidents being Sunkist and Goose Pointe appear to be the same people due to how they're dressed and the way they're walking," DeBack said.
He said other surveillance video shows the suspects lifting door handles until they find one unlocked, then running off with everything from change, cell phones, and other valuables.
If arrested, the suspects will face charges of burglary of an auto.
Sunkist resident Eric Torp said his vehicle has been broken into twice in the past year.
"I had a truck. I didn't lock it that night, and I had seen that when I went out to get in it that the glove compartment had been opened, and somebody had gone through it, but I didn't have anything of value in it, so I didn't lose anything," said Torp.
This new rash of auto burglaries has Torp on edge.
"It's distressing, because the last thing I heard is that they had caught the people that were doing it. But, you know, maybe somebody else is up to it again now," Torp said.
To report any tips, call Biloxi police at 228-392-0641 or call Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.
DeBack reminds all residents to make sure you lock your vehicle, call police if you see any suspicious activity or cars in your neighborhood, and don't leave valuables in your vehicles.