Lamar County authorities investigate auto burglaries

Lamar County authoritiesare working to solve a string of auto burglaries in the Trace subdivision.

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Over the past few days, 14 auto burglarieshave been reported in the Courtland Drive area. According to Lamar County SheriffDanny Rigel, the vehicles were not broken in to, like breaking windows andsuch, but it was a crime of opportunity because those vehicles were unlocked. Rigelalso added that due to the increase in people being out and about becauseschool is not in session, they have stepped up patrols in neighborhoods aroundthe county.

“Don’t provide a windowshopping opportunity for these individuals, don't leave your laptops, yourcameras and stuff like that in plain view especially if your door is unlocked,because it's going to be gone in the morning, there is a very good chance ofthat,” said Rigel.

Rigelalso urges anyone in the community that sees anything suspicious, or out ofplace to contact local authorities