MERIDIAN - Police looking for the person, or persons, responsible for breaking into three cars at a popular dog park over the weekend.
It happened Saturday morning between 10 and 11 a.m. at Story Bark Park.
According to police, windows of three cars were smashed, and a total of about $1,500 worth of property was stolen.
"Just a matter of seconds," Sgt. Brandon Frasier said. "In cases like this obviously the more time a suspect spends doing it the higher probability they're going to get caught."
Regular park-goers like Daniel Week were surprised to hear about the break-ins.
"Shocking to me," he said. "I mean broad daylight. That kind of worries me."
It's a crime of opportunity, something that police said becomes more common during the holiday season.
"Park parking lots, church parking lots, retail stores," Frasier said. "This time of year we typically see a spike in those types of crimes and it because people have items of value in their car that are visible from the outside looking in."
Police have some tips on how to keep your belongings safe.
"If you have something of obvious value be it a purse, iPhone, other electronics, Christmas gifts, things like that, put them under the seat, put them in the trunk, put them somewhere where they can't be seen," Frasier said.
Police are still investigating and reviewing video from security cameras. Anyone with any information can contact Meridian Police at (208) 888-6678.
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