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Weekend sees rash of car break-ins
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Law enforcement officials say don’t leave valuables even in a locked car because it’s not difficult to break into a vehicle.

At least six vehicles were burglarized across the county over the weekend, prompting law enforcement officials to remind residents not to leave valuables inside their vehicle, even if it’s locked.

The burglaries occurred in the late night or early morning hours on Saturday and Sunday. Both locked and unlocked vehicles were involved. Valuables were stolen, including cash and checks.

Outside the city limits, the break-ins took place in the area of McMinnville Country Club. Three vehicles were burglarized on Beckridge Road. One was unlocked and two had the windows broken to gain entry.

An unlocked vehicle was also burglarized on St. Andrews Court, a street that’s adjacent to Beckridge Road on foot, although there’s no straight connector road between the two. This could suggest the burglars were on foot or using an off-road vehicle like a four-wheeler or golf cart to travel between the break-in locations.

Inside the city limits, two unlocked vehicles were reported burglarized. One was on Northwood Lane off Smithville Highway not far from the fairgounds. The other was on West Main Street.

Police say there’s nothing to suggest the burglaries inside the city limits are related due to the 7-8 minute drive time between the two locations. The burglaries in the Country Club area are believed to be related.