Ocean Springs neighborhood sees 15 vehicle break-ins

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Residents in the Maurepas Landing subdivision are still in disbelief after a series of car break-ins late Friday and Saturday morning.

"Everybody was really surprised."

In all, 15 cars were vandalized.

"My husband went down into his car in the driveway, and his car had been broken into and kind of ramsacked," said resident Michelle Corrao.

Corrao said nothing was stolen from her husband's car. But, not everyone was so lucky.  Her neighbor had two cars broken into and some tools stolen.  Other vehicles had c.d.'s, clothes or other small items stolen.  Ocean Springs police say the break-ins were made easier for one simple reason.

"14 of the cars were not locked," said officer Michael Pol.

Police say the holiday season, coupled with a sagging economy, could give thieves even more motivation to steal. That's why they're asking people to take one small step to protect themselves.

"The one bullet point that would help you a lot, just keep your car locked," Pol said.

Putting purses, expensive items or gifts in your trunk could also keep thieves from targeting your vehicle.