PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins.
Police say these break-ins are a little out of the ordinary because the suspects are breaking the windows.
Officer Chris Gray told Region 8 News they normally see break-ins or thefts when the cars are left unlocked, but in this case many were locked.
"We are having problems of locked cars with visible backpacks or purses and other valuables," Gray said. "Someone will try and get in the car."
Gray said the department thinks many of these break-ins are connected.
"We believe they are somewhat connected. We end up with a couple of groups and they will do some areas a certain night and they will do another area another night," Gray said.
Gray said his biggest advice to people is to not leave any valuables in the car. He said if you must, hide them from plain sight.
"If you have something you are going to leave in there, like radar detectors, hide them. Hide the cords too because if they see a cord they probably think it is attached to something under the seat," Gray said. "Hide everything or take it inside at night."
Gray also asks anyone who has had anything stolen from their car to please contact the police.
"The more information we have the better it is for us and we are more able to catch them," Gray said.
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