Olive Branch Police investigate auto break-ins - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Olive Branch Police investigate auto break-ins

Olive Branch police are investigating a rash of car break-ins at a popular retail store.

A light-colored SUV was caught on the Olive Branch Wal-Mart's surveillance cameras recently as the suspects exited their vehicle.  The cameras recorded everything as the suspects broke into vehicles parked in the lot.  Six such crimes occurred in one night this past weekend.

"All of the incidents occurred between 8 and 9 pm," said Detective Aubrey Broadway with Olive Branch Police.

Broadway said police believe the burglars were simply searching for opportunity.

"Window shopping's usually at stores, not walking through a parking lot looking at cars," Broadway said.

That's exactly what these crooks are accused of doing.  They broke the windows on a couple of cars and popped the locks on others.  They even hit the employee parking lot.  They got away with purses, a wallet, personal electronics, even one victim's tax records. 

As usual, police say you should never leave valuable items inside your car in plain view.  It's a lesson far too many shoppers have learned the hard way.        

"You're inviting strangers or whoever else in when you them out," said shopper Shirley White.

Olive Branch Police believe the crooks who were caught on camera are responsible for break-ins at other parking lots.

When there's nothing of value inside, they simply ransack the car.  And they'll likely strike again if they're shopping spree is not brought to end.

A light-colored Mitsubishi SUV was caught in the video.  If you know anything about the break-ins, call DeSoto County CrimeStoppers at (662) 429-TIPS.

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