Lots of unlocked vehicles in Meridian burglarized43.612722 -116.448115
MERIDIAN -- Some residents in a Meridian neighborhood woke up to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday. Their vehicles had been burglarized.
"I was woke up this morning by Josh, my boyfriend, telling me that our Expedition had been broken into and that some items were missing," said Sharron Pence.
Sharron Pence lives in the Castlebrook subdivision, off Pine Avenue near Black Cat Road in Meridian.
She was talking to police officers when she noticed that the door of another car in her driveway was open. Someone broke into all three of her vehicles. Pence estimates the thief got away with around $1,000 in valuables.
But it doesn't stop with Pence.
Police say the burglars hit 20 vehicles, and 19 of those were unlocked.
Pence's neighbor locked her car, so the suspects broke the driver’s side window and stole her iPod.
“It's just ridiculous. I mean we thought we had a pretty nice, safe neighborhood. I mean we have often a dozen officers that probably in this area,” said Pence.
Police believe the crimes occurred between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday. They don't have any suspects or any leads at this point.
“We are canvassing the neighborhood trying to get any evidence to determine who was responsible for this,” said Meridian Police Lt. Scott Colaianni.
Colaianni says lots of electronics were taken -- cell phones, GPS’s and iPods. There was also a gun stolen.
“We ask the public to please remove all their valuables from their vehicle, lock the vehicle,” said Colaianni. “Certainly we don't condone leaving handguns or any type of weapon in the vehicle. Now we have a gun that's circulating out that's been stolen and that's certainly scary for anybody.”
Now the criminal or criminals face as many as 20 felony charges for vehicle burglary.
If you know anything about this case, you are urged to call the Meridian Police Department.