HPD investigates over 30 auto burglaries

HPD investigates over 30 auto burglaries
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are investigating more than 30 auto burglaries in a week in the Hub City.

"We have had a little over 30 auto burglaries in a week's time," Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said. "Out of that 30, 23 of them had no signs of forced entry so they possibly were left unlocked, and the other seven had shattered windows."

Traxler said there is not one specific area that is being targeted; it is spread out across the city.

"People leaving belongings in cars does create an opportunity for the criminals, and we ask the public to make sure to lock your doors (and) make it as difficult as possible for the criminal to get in to your vehicle," Traxler said.

Police reports list these specific places:

  • 500 Block W Laurel Ave
  • 100 Block Saucier Dr. (3)
  • 200 Block Tuscan Ave.
  • 200 Block Bay St (2)
  • 5717 Highway 49
  • 300 Bowling Street
  • 100 Block S 28th Ave
  • 12 Park Place
  • 201 Katie Ave
  • 800 Block SHELTON Ave
  • 300 Block Cahal Street
  • 600 Block Bowling St. (2)
  • 1500 Country Club Rd
  • 300 Block Hillendale Dr.
  • 600 Block Court St.
  • 600 Dumas Ave.
  • 22 Campbell Scenic Dr.(2)
  • 100 Cahal St
  • 2900 Jamestown Rd
  • 2800 Jamestown Rd.
  • 2603 McLelland St.
  • 100 Block Melwood Dr.
  • 1315 Hardy Street
  • 501 Tuscan Ave.
  • 316 Forrest St.
  • 31 Batson Street

"It is getting to the time of year where there is a lot more foot traffic around the city, the weather is nice and people are just out more, so we ask the public to just be aware of the surroundings and if you see something suspicious to call us," Traxler said. "We are working several leads at this time, and hope to have an arrest pretty soon in some of these cases."

If you have any information regarding any of these auto burglaries, contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.