Police are reminding you to lock your car, even when it's parked in your own driveway. They say unlocked cars gave thieves an easy target in an overnight burglary spree that hit at least 11 vehicles in Northwest Tallahassee.
These few quiet neighborhoods, from what residents say, usually prove to be quite welcoming and free of crime. But earlier this week, they welcomed the wrong crowd.
"In that reddish house, she had some things taken out of her car." said Charlie Fienemann, while pointing across the street. He said he and his wife have lived in their neighborhood for 23 years and have never seen door to door car burglaries before. "Basically, we've been a pretty nice neighborhood--just happen to be the other night some people came through and wanted to vandalize cars or vehicles." said Fienemann.
Tallahassee Police say at least two suspects took advantage of nearly a dozen unlocked car doors in three neighborhoods along Mission Road. They stole a gun and other items such as electronics, a lap top computer, tools, and even loose change.
David McCranie, a spokesperson for the Tallahassee Police Department said, "What we stress to citizens is always lock your doors, whether it's to your apartment, your home, or your vehicle. Store items out of sight so it does not tempt the criminal. We call this target hardening. If you will lock your doors, the criminal will either move on to an easier target or most likely not commit the crime at all." Police are working on a description of the suspects from a video taken by one resident's surveillance system. The initial description is two white males. One is possibly 5'11" and 20-30 years of age. The other, police say, has no further description.
And anyone willing to provide information could receive a reward of up to 1000 dollars. If you have any information about this crime, you can call crime stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.