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Rash of car burglaries at popular Murfreesboro Greenways

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

It's a popular place for people of all ages, but apparently also for criminals. Murfreesboro police are fighting a spike in crime at a local Greenway. While folks are working out, there's a good chance someone is scoping out your car.

Bob Fraser and his wife love using Murfreesboro Greenways, riding their bikes for exercise.

"The Greenways are very nice, and they are underused," Fraser said.

But knowing his truck will be unattended for an hour or more concerns him about what could happen.

"I try and park where I see several other cars because then someone may be coming and leaving in enough of an integral where it seems less deserted," Fraser said.

Especially since his truck was broken into in the past.

"I had a gun stolen out of my truck," he said.

Over the past week or so, about a dozen vehicle break-ins have occurred at the Overall Street Greenway Trailhead, and at Old Fort Park.

The crooks seem to be taking anything in sight, from purses, money, credit cards to cell phones.

Police have now beefed up patrol near those areas, hoping to find out who is responsible for this rash of car break-ins.

These vehicle break-ins are happening in broad daylight. The city's Greenways close 30 minutes before dark.

"These have to have happened in daylight hours when people were frequenting the park and saw something," said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman. "We need them to come forward with that information. But more importantly we want to prevent others from becoming a victim themselves."

Police said folks should take the necessary precaution to try and prevent their vehicles from becoming an easy target.

"If you leave your vehicle unattended, number one, lock the doors, and number two, don't leave anything in plain sight," Evans said.

Police have now beefed up patrol near those areas, hoping to find out who is responsible for this rash of car break-ins.

"Anything we see more than two or three breaking it becomes front and center on our radar," Evans said.

Fraser said he's not going to let this stop her from coming to the Greenway.

"We also try to bring anything that's worth stealing," Fraser said.

According to police, there is no suspect, but they are encouraging anyone who may have seen a suspicious person last week or this week looking through cars, to give them a call at (615) 893-STOP (7867).

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