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Thieves steal guns and cars during Orange Beach, Gulf Shores break-ins

(IMG: WPMI) Thieves steal guns and cars during Orange Beach, Gulf Shores break-ins
(IMG: WPMI) Thieves steal guns and cars during Orange Beach, Gulf Shores break-ins

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores police are investigating after a rash of vehicle break-ins last week, during which thieves managed to steal firearms and even cars.

Gulf Shores investigators said 11 unlocked vehicles were targeted by burglars overnight on Thursday at homes on County Road 4.

Police said 2 of the vehicles targeted had keys inside and were stolen. They were later found in Escambia County, Florida, along with another stolen car which police believed the thieves used to case the neighborhood.

Investigators said the thieves also made off with cash, electronics and at least one purse, as well as other items.

According to Orange Beach Police, similar break-ins also occurred at the end of last week. During these thefts, firearms, cash, and other items were stolen.

Orange Beach investigators said the crimes brings them to a total of 15 vehicle break-ins since the beginning of the year. So far, 5 guns have been stolen.

Authorities from both cities are encouraging motorists to always lock their doors, and keep all firearms out of sight or in a safe place.

NBC 15's Cory Pippin is speaking to investigators and locals about these crimes. He'll have more tonight at 10 p.m.