News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. -- They're getting bold in Burke County. That's the word tonight from victims and law enforcement after a rash of car break-ins.
It's happening in a neighborhood right outside Waynesboro's city limits. The thieves hit seven homes Monday night, breaking into multiple cars at each place, including a Waynesboro police car.
"It's really bold to do what they doing," said Allen Woodward, who lives in the neighborhood.
Woodward had his truck broken into Monday night. He says the neighborhood is filled with law enforcement.
"I'm an ex-deputy with Richmond County, the sheriff lives in here, we got a major on the city police department," he said. "We've got a retired highway patrolman and then we got an active deputy that lives right across the street."
Thieves hit cars at seven homes in the Barrett West Plantation in Burke County, entering some, breaking windows in others and not exactly stealing what you would expect.
"They got the center console and took the little tray out that had about a dollar's worth of change in it," he said. "I had a GPS on the dashboard, I had a very expensive camera that I do insurance work with laying on the seat and I also had a 9mm pistol in the glove compartment. They did not bother it."
"I had a lot of items in my truck that are very valuable: iPad, iPhone, and they took the gun," added Brian Hirschauer, who lives in the back of the neighborhood off a private drive.
Hirschauer found his pistol missing when he got home from work.
"It just makes me angry," he said. "I live out here where people shouldn't just show up here and trespass."
A little more than a year ago, around a dozen cars in the neighborhood were broken into, including Woodward's.
"They got several thousand dollars worth of stuff out of our vehicles that were in our garage," he said.
But after that, Woodward put in extra security he's hoping will help them catch who's responsible this time.
"Hopefully we got the culprits on film because my camera was working fine," he said.
The thieves stole money, a gun and a taser out of the Waynesboro police vehicle.
At this point we don't even know how many victims there are from Monday night.
Seven have reported it so far, but others might not have noticed things are missing because investigators say these crooks are pros.