Neighbors react after string of car break-ins in Blossomwood

More than 100 cars were broken into in the Blossomwood Community.

The Huntsville Police Department said these break-ins could be avoided by locking your car doors.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 4:23 PM

Neighbors of the Blossomwood Community have been plagued by more than a hundred car break-ins.

Monday afternoon Huntsville Police say they've made a couple of arrests. They said surveillance video caught two men, Phillipe Hackman and Kenyon Martin, using a victim's debit card. The Huntsville Police Department said these break-ins could be avoided by locking your car doors.

Ryan Weber and his family have lived in Blossomwood for three years. Weber said thieves have rummaged through their cars in the last few months, because they left their doors unlocked. Luckily nothing was stolen. Lieutenant Michael Johnson with Huntsville Police said it's a common trend in the city.

"In this particular case like so many of them, these individuals targeted, specifically targeted, unlocked vehicles," Johnson said.

One of the biggest problems these break-ins cause is weapons getting into the wrong hands. Johnson said the department has recovered guns used in crimes that were stolen from unlocked cars. Johnson called it irresponsibility of gun owners.

"A gun can be sold. It can be used in a robbery. It can be used in a shooting," he said.

Johnson said the department was able to arrest two suspects after viewing surveillance video from neighbors. 

Weber said that although the cameras came in handy catching the suspects, he doesn't plan on beefing up security at his home. He said he encourages all of his neighbors to be proactive about locking their car doors.

"No we haven't thought about doing increased security. Honestly, if we just locked our cars, everything would probably be fine," Weber said.

The gun used in the accidental shooting at Blossomwood Elementary School was stolen from a break-in of an unlocked vehicle.

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