Several guns stolen in rash of car break-ins

(Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Robert Lawrence)
(Source: Robert Lawrence)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Monday.

According to Captain Justin Rolland, about 10 vehicles in close proximity were broken into.

The majority of them happened on County Road 7182 just off of Highway 351 near Sage Meadows.

The others happened close by and Robert Lawrence was one of the victims.

"It's just a quiet little neighborhood out here, working people out here and we felt like we could be safe, leave our doors unlocked and then you get up one morning and they knocked your window out of your truck and stole some of your goods," Lawrence said.

Lawrence lives on County Road 729 not far from where most of the break-ins occurred late Monday night.

He woke up Tuesday morning to find his window shattered and a gun stolen from his console.

Region 8 News obtained surveillance video of the suspects that investigators believe are linked to the crimes.

It shows two suspects, one with a black mask, wearing a distinctive pattern on the pants.

The suspect then takes out a flashlight and shines it into a black truck while looking for valuables.

Rolland said Tuesday investigators were out doing extra patrols in the area, also looking for any leads.

"We have no reason to believe that these are not connected in some way," Rolland said. "We are asking the public if they see anything that looks out of place, suspicious to contact their local police department or us. We continue to stress that people bring their valuables in at night."

Lawrence learned his lesson and won't ever leave his gun in the car ever again; however, tonight, he hopes the people responsible get caught so no one else falls victim.

"We work our lives away for the stuff that we have," Lawrence said. "You know, it doesn't just grow on trees, most of us don't inherit it from rich relatives. We've got to work for it, and when someone comes up and takes it from you, that's probably one of the worst things you can do. It makes me angry."

Some victims got lucky and had nothing stolen from their cars, just a scattered mess left behind.

Rolland said numerous guns and electronics were stolen from several vehicles.

Anyone with information on the rash of car break-ins should contact the Craighead County Sheriff's Office at 870-933-4551.

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