Police: "These crimes definitely concern us."

Posted at 11:51 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 20:20:54-04

The Meridian Police Department says it has handled over twenty vehicle burglary reports over the past two weeks -- and many of the items stolen have police concerned.

“In all of the case, residents left their vehicles unlocked,” said Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.

“These crimes definitely concern us. There have been a total of five firearms stolen in these burglaries, three handguns, a rifle and a shotgun.  This poses a potential threat to both the public and our police officers,” he added.

Many of the crimes have taken place in north or northwest Meridian subdivisions. “Some occurred in the Paramount subdivision, some around the Ten Mile Road and Cherry Lane area, others occurred in the parking lots at the Village at Meridian (at Eagle Road and Fairview),” Basterrechea stated.

Investigators do not yet know if the burglaries are related. “Most took place after 11 p.m., after people have gone to bed,” Basterrechea stated.

Police have now increased patrols in the areas where the burglaries took place.

“We’re encouraging people to lock up their vehicles and keep their valuables out of view,” he added. “Also, with the weather getting better, people are leaving their vehicles unlocked in their driveways, or even with their garage doors left open.”