By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Authorities with the Meridian Police Department are asking for help in locating a suspect in a recent crime that may be connected to a rash of auto burglaries.
Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, said detectives are looking for the suspect who allegedly committed an auto burglary sometime Sunday. Harper said the incident reportedly occurred at a location on the east side of Meridian.
Harper said the suspect was thought to have left the scene in a white, four-door car.
According to police reports, at least 10 vehicles were reported as being broken into Sunday and Monday. Harper said most of the vehicles were not left unlocked as in some recent cases but rather the perpetrators forced their way into the vehicles stealing valuables left inside the cars.
"We are always trying to remind and educate the public on how to prevent, or at the very least, minimize the losses whenever someone breaks into their vehicle," said Harper. "Paramount among that advice is for the owner to take all their possessions out of the car, money, cell phones, laptops, anything that might entice someone."
According to police, the incidents reported occurred in the 4600 block Broadmoor Drive, the 900 block 27th Avenue, the 1700 block of Highway 19 North, the 400 block of 11th Avenue, the 2800 block of St. Andrews Street, the 2900 block of Fifth Street, the 1700 block of Second Street, and the 2700 block of 45th Street.
Police also strongly advise vehicle owners to park in well lit areas and as close to the owners residence as possible to make a potential thief think twice about breaking into a vehicle.
"Thieves normally don't like light or having to make a lot of noise to get into a car," Harper said.
But Harper admitted that even the most ardent practitioner of these rules still could fall prey to criminals.
"The bottom line is if they want to get into your car, they will find a way," Harper said. "We do see instances where the vehicle owner did everything right but still got robbed. But if you follow the simple rules, it does minimize your chance of becoming a victim."
Authorities are asking for the public to help them in finding this person for questioning.
If you have any information on this subject you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860 or the MPD at 601-485-1863.