MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - The Millbrook Police Department is investigating a rash of recent vehicle break-ins. Police Chief P.K. Johnson said his officers are looking into seven reports of unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, with property thefts happening in six of those cases.
Three break-ins were reported in the Columns Subdivision, located off Highway 14. Johnson said an additional four incidents were reported in the Plantation Oaks Subdivision, located off Grandview Road.
Making it all the easier for criminals, "Only one out of the seven vehicles reported as "broken into" was entered forcibly," the chief said. Residents aren't locking their vehicles, and they're leaving unsecured items inside those cars, including guns.
Johnson confirmed "several" guns were taken during these weekend thefts.
The chief said officers responded to the Fitzpatrick Point area on Saturday after calls of a possible theft in progress. The vehicle owner told officers he walked outside and found several suspects in his driveway who fled on foot. Officers investigated and located an abandoned vehicle on Highland Cove that was stolen from Montgomery.
The next day, officers responded to Swan's Way in regards to another possible theft in progress. A homeowner reported seeing two men driving through the area several times, and at one point getting out of their vehicle and approaching a parked car. A patrol unit chased the vehicle down I-65 at speeds over 100 mph, the chief said, before ending the chase on the Northern Boulevard.
"Our officers were able to locate and recover a vehicle in the Columns subdivision that had been reported stolen...as well as property items that had been taken in some of the thefts in the area," Johnson said. "We are hoping to develop some leads from physical evidence collected from those scenes. Our detectives are also reviewing surveillance video from different locations throughout the neighborhood that may prove useful in helping us identify these subjects."