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Morrison police chief: Burglars hit two dozen unlocked vehicles; fires set in three of them

MORRISON – At least 25 unlocked vehicles were broken into early Friday, and fires were set in three of them, Police Chief Brian Melton said this morning.

No arrests have been made, but police are investigating more than one person of interest, Melton said. He declined to provide details.

Most of the break-ins occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. in the areas of West South, West Park and West Morris streets. Among the items taken were keys, a tablet, a flashlight and a car charger, as well as less than $100.

Many of the items have been recovered, and many vehicles had nothing taken at all, he said.

Two of the fires caused significant damage, and in two other vehicles, the burglars wrote on the seats with a marker. One of the messages read “lock your car,” Melton said.

Police think the break-ins are related to a spree of vehicle burglaries that took place June 10 and 11. Residents who suspect their vehicles might have been burglarized are asked to call police at 815-772-7650, even if nothing was taken.

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