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Helena Police arrest suspects connected to vehicle break-ins

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Dozens of vehicles were broken into overnight in at least six different communities. For several hours Wednesday morning Helena Police were on a manhunt after someone spotted a suspicious person. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case including 3 juveniles.

"You feel safe here, it's Mayberry." Sarah Hanley woke up to the unexpected in Old Cahaba. She says "My car door was open a little bit. I got in and saw all my stuff in the glove compartment out." Her GPS was missing. "I lock my car doors everywhere I go, except for my driveway which of course I'll do now."

"It was a crime of opportunity." Steve Combs also left his car unlocked and someone took advantage of that. "My wallet was missing, went back inside to look for it, spoke with my neighbors whose cars had been gone through also."

Helena police say 23-year-old Kortdero Sillence of Center Point and three  juveniles admitted to targeting numerous unlocked vehicles. They were arrested following a manhunt.

Helena Police Detective Chris Rollan says, "So far we have several vehicle break-ins that they're responsible for as various other charges still under investigation through this agency and multiple other agencies." Detective Rollan also says more than 30 vehicles were broken into overnight.. a number that could climb.

Investigators believe the suspects were involved in a crime spree, hitting Birmingham, Hoover, Trussville, Brookwood, even Tuscaloosa. Items stolen include a Bronze Star, several guns, electronic equipment, wallets.. even cars.

Neighbors here say.. the situation could have been worse. Steve Combs says "They didn't get in anybody's house. Nobody was harmed, that the positive thing."

Helena Police say the recipient of the Bronze Star has been found. Police plan on returning him the medal Thursday.

In the meantime, Detective Rollan says the suspects are facing several different charges. He's reminding people about the importance of locking your car doors.. no matter where you live.

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