The Joplin Police Department issues a couple of warnings to people about leaving valuables in unsafe locations. Police say last night, thieves broke into three vehicles in a residential area of 28th and Iron Gates streets.
A gun was stolen from one of the vehicles.
Police say this is the first time in four years that the number of guns stolen out of vehicles is twice as high as the number of guns stolen from homes. So far this year, a total of 53 guns have been stolen.
Police say it's important to keep guns in a secure area, and especially out of an unattended vehicle.
"It's a bad situation when we're continuously placing firearms in the hands of criminals. These guns are likely being traded for drugs, and these guns likely end up in the worst people's hands that they could be in," says Captain Bob Higginbotham with the Joplin Police Department.
"Six months later, they'll be back through and the same residential area will experience the same type of crime. They've fallen right back into their old patterns, and they're surprised yet again that they're victimized. But we rewarded them last time by leaving our valuables in our car," says Higginbotham.
Police say while some of the vehicles were locked, others were unlocked.
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