MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Authorities are continuing their investigation into a recent string of car burglaries in the Spring Lake subdivision, located off Florence Road near the Blackman community.
“The Criminal Investigations Division is conducting an investigation into the burglaries,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Murfreesboro Police Department.
In addition to trying to hunt down a possible suspect, Evans said patrol officers have stepped up patrols in the Spring Lake subdivision, as well as area neighborhoods located on Florence Road.
“There is a visible police presence,” Evans said, noting police are making every effort to identify any possible suspects and monitor the Spring Lake subdivision for any further criminal activity.
The swift response comes on the heels of a brazen burglary spree that occurred before dawn Saturday in the Spring Lake subdivision. Residents who live on Hardwood Drive, Paulownia Drive, Crape Circle, Monet Court and Birch Drive were all targeted.
Based on statements given by homeowners, detectives believe that an unknown number of suspects burglarized at least 17 vehicles some time between midnight and 6 a.m. by breaking car windows and opening unlocked doors.
“It is possible the burglars used the (early morning) storm as concealment,” Evans said, noting authorities have yet to determine how many individuals were involved in the burglary spree.
Due to the amount of property that was stolen and damaged during the incident, Evans said authorities are treating this as a felony case. If caught, the suspects could face a slew of serious charges, including several counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and felony theft charges.
“If anyone has information regarding this case, they can call the Criminal Investigations Division at 615-893-2717 or Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867,” Evans said.
According to reports on file with Murfreesboro police, more than $1,100 worth of property was stolen and at least $850 in damage was caused to vehicles.
In one incident report filed Monday, a local bail bondsman who lives in the 3400 block of Hardwood Drive told police that his fugitive recovery badge, valued at $40 was stolen, as well as a pair of handcuffs.
Other items that were reported stolen include a Vera Bradley wallet, North Face sweater, Taurus .38 caliber revolver, which is estimated to be worth $350, and several iPods and GPS tracking devices, in addition to various types of prescription medications.
Because many of the targeted vehicles were unlocked, Murfreesboro police are urging residents to remember to properly secure their property, especially over night.
“It is important to lock the doors to your vehicle and never leave anything valuable inside of it, especially personal information and firearms,” Evans said, adding residents should also remember to always report suspicious activity in a timely manner to police.
“Call 615-893-1311 when you see suspicious activity,” he said.