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Police investigating rash of car break-ins, stolen truck in Shelby County

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The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating nine incidents of Unlawful Breaking and Entering of vehicles and one stolen truck in several different locations in the area.

According to a release, the crimes occurred overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning. Two suspects in the thefts led deputies on a chase around 3 a.m. this morning before crashing their vehicle and fleeing on foot. The two avoided arrest and remain at large.

Sheriff's deputies and investigators are still in the area investigating additional reports of property being stolen from residents' vehicles.  Three handguns, one hunting rifle and one iPod have been reported stolen so far.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 205-669-4181 or through the Secret Witness line at 205-669-9116. You can also report information on their website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link and choosing the "General Information" category.

Location of nine vehicle break-ins and stolen truck:

Four in the 1100 Block of Eagle Park Road

One in the 200 Block of Brook Green Lane

One in the 1500 Block of Southern Drive

One in the 200 Block of Highland View Drive

One in the 300 Block of Brook Green Lane

One in the 1600 Block of Indian Springs Lane

Stolen truck at 1100 Block of Eagle Park Road.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, one vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States and the majority of those were left unlocked.  For more information on auto theft and prevention strategies, visit www.ShelbySO.com, click on the "Crime Prevention" link and select "Auto and Home Crime Prevention Tips".

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