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Decatur Police investigating 68 vehicle break-ins


Decatur Police investigating 68 vehicle break-ins

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated.

Decatur Police are investigating 68 vehicle break-ins that occurred overnight.

Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said the break-ins occurred at three different parking decks in downtown Decatur.

“Officers first responded to the Marriott parking deck where security personnel reported discovering several vehicles had been entered and then responded to the parking deck at 335 West Ponce de Leon Avenue where a complainant reported her vehicle had been entered,” Ross said. “Officers canvassed both decks and located additional vehicles that had been entered. While checking other decks in the area, officers located additional vehicles that had been entered, as well as evidence one vehicle had been stolen, from the deck at 315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue.”

Ross said officers determined the stolen vehicle was a Jeep Cherokee. She said in most of the cases the vehicles were rummaged through but no items were taken. But in other cases, there were valuable items left in the car that were visible through the car windows.

“Most of the vehicles were entered by windows being broken,” Ross said. “Investigators and officers are still on scene attempting to locate vehicle owners and processing vehicles for evidence. Investigators are working with other local police departments who are experiencing similar incidents.”

Ross said there was also a burglary at a real estate office at 201 West Ponce de Leon Avenue reported at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2.

“We are not releasing details about evidence at this time and we do not yet know if this case is related to the entering autos,” Ross said.

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