Crime

Two minors burglarized 12 unlocked cars in the Pass, police say. Guns are still missing.

Two juveniles were arrested by the Pass Christian Police Department in connection to a string of recent car burglaries.
Two juveniles were arrested by the Pass Christian Police Department in connection to a string of recent car burglaries.

Pass Christian police arrested two juveniles Friday connected to a string of vehicle burglaries that happened early in the morning on Jan. 20 and Jan. 22 in the Timber Ridge and East Second Street neighborhoods.

Police Chief Timothy Hendricks said his department responded to 12 burglaries — and in some instances one family had multiple vehicles burglarized.

His department is still compiling a list of missing property from the victims, which range from change to other loose items in the vehicles. Hendricks said at least two guns were also reported stolen and as of noon Tuesday. The guns have not yet been recovered.

In every reported instance, Hendricks said, the vehicles were left unlocked or accessible.

“We encourage everybody to help us by locking their vehicles and homes,” he said. “Don’t leave things of value unattended.”

He also suggested recording makes, models and serial numbers for property to help assist the recovery process.

Hendricks said the two juveniles were caught in large part thanks to information provided by the community, including home surveillance footage.

“It was a good effort community wise,” he said. “It takes everybody to help us out.”

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Pass Christian Police Department at 228-452-3301 or Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898. You can also visit MSCoastCrimeStoppers.com.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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