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By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer


   Police are watching closely as Grenada continues to be a city plagued by auto burglaries.
   “We’re aware that this is becoming a problem in the city. We know crime increases during this time of year, and we’re watching neighborhoods and shopping centers closely,” said Interim Chief Russell Carver.
   Since Thanksgiving, there have been seven reported vehicle burglaries. In most cases purses or wallets containing sensitive personal information were taken.
   Someone tried to use Tammy Harrison’s credit cards at a gas station in Jackson not long after her purse was stolen from her car on Dec. 6.
   The windows to Harrison’s car were smashed outside her business on South Commerce St. while it was still daylight. She’s astounded at the brazenness of the criminals, Harrison  said.
   “It happened between 4:45 and 5 p.m.,” said Harrison. “The tint on the windows held the glass together, and they used a crowbar or something to pry the window apart from the frame to get in,” she said.
   The burglars also took $300 in cash from Harrison.
   That same day, around the same time, Barbara Rodgers was in a beauty shop on Sunset Drive when someone smashed her car windows and stole her purse.  
   “I was in there five minutes,” said Rodgers. “They must have been watching me, and that really frightens me,” she said. “It’s scary to think what they would have done if I had walked outside and caught them,” she said.
   “I feel invaded because now they have all my personal information, including my social security number and my address,” said Rodgers.
   Rodgers’s suspicion that someone was watching her seems to be confirmed by another burglary that happened downtown on Nov. 29.
   According to a police report, a woman went inside a business to make a payment, and when she returned a few minutes later she discovered that her designer purse was stolen.

For the full story, see the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.


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