Police officials in Murfreesboro, TN, are urging residents to avoid confronting car thieves amidst a rash of vehicle break-ins.
Back on April 17, one homeowner shouted at two suspects after seeing the duo on security cameras trying to gain access to his parked cars.
During the verbal exchange, the perps opened fire on the homeowner.
The unidentified victim, who was also armed, returned fire. No one was injured during the shooting but police issued a warning to the neighborhood.
“We urge residents to use caution and never approach or engage with criminals,” Criminal Investigations Division Crimes Against Persons Sergeant-Detective James Abbott said in response to the incident. “You don’t want to take a chance of being shot or killed.”
That incident mirrored another one on April 8 in which another Murfreesboro homeowner also confronted a thief.
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The suspect in this case also fired at the homeowner. Thankfully, the perp missed his mark and the homeowner was not injured.
“Property can be replaced, lives can’t,” Abbott said, per News Channel 5. “The best advice for residents is, if you see or hear anything suspicious, or see someone breaking into your car, call police immediately.”
Investigators said that there have been more than 100 car break-ins since March. Along with personal items, thieves have made off with 16 firearms.
The Murfreesboro Police told the public they are “saturating the city where cars are being targeted.”
“Unfortunately, we can’t be on every street at the same time,” Crimes Against Property Sergeant Detective Tommy Massey, per WSMV4. “It’s only a matter of time before we arrest these criminals and hold them accountable.”
Suppose someone is breaking into your car late at night. How would you respond?