Last night at 1:30a (I guess technically that’s this morning, not last night), we get a report of multiple BMVs (Burglary of a Motor Vehicle). 2 cars are found with windows busted out and after-market radios ripped out of the dash. After a quick survey of the rest of the parking lot, 2 more vehicles are found.
We catch a break, a witness saw a suspicious person running from the area when a car alarm was triggered about 10 minutes before we got the BMV calls. The description goes out to our units and the 2 neighboring cities.
The registered owners are contacted and they begin to assess the damage and determine what was taken. One car had two purses sitting in the front seat along with a brand new GPS unit. (not smart)
Dispatch gets word from city to our north that they have had a string of BMVs tonight also, about 30, and have someone detained that matches our description. It’s him and he has some buddies with him. Their car is loaded down with about 20 car radios, a handful of speaker systems, and 30+ GPS units. They’ve been busy.
3 things to take away from the night:
- Don’t leave valuables sitting out in plain view in your car. Hide them, or even better, take them with you when you get out of the car.
- Don’t be greedy. The suspects could have stopped 10 cars earlier and made it home with a nice haul of pawn shop goodies. But, they decided they needed to get more and more and more, and eventually it caught up to them.
- It sure is nice when the good guys win.