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Dozens of vehicle burglaries have Greenwood residents on alert, police arrest five suspects

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GREENWOOD, La. (KTBS) -

A rash of vehicle burglaries has a quiet Caddo Parish community on alert.

"We just love the atmosphere of the small town."

But now Greenwood residents Brenda Gowan, and her husband Chuck, are locking their doors and checking them twice.

"You've got to be extra cautious. We have lawn mowers and we have power equipment," Gowan says.

Extra cautious indeed, because Greenwood Police say about 60 vehicles in the area have been targeted by thieves in less than a week.

"One thing that they have in common - all of the vehicles have been left unlocked to our knowledge. We had one that possibly was locked," explains Police Chief David Searcy.

Searcy says the bandits hit Greenwood Hills, Winburn, Nebo, and Greenwood-Springridge Road among several other areas.

The suspects made away with items like wallets, purses, computers, cell phones, even some firearms.

"Out of the 60 burglaries, we've had about 5 firearms stolen," says Searcy.

But out of the unusual crime spree comes some good news.

Searcy says five suspects believed to have been involved in the burlgaries were apprehended in nearby Harrison County, Texas after a traffic stop turned into a brief pursuit.

"In the future, I think everybody's got the word, we need to lock our houses, lock our cars, lock our garages," Searcy says.

"We've got our vehicles and our boat and stuff and we bought and paid for that stuff and no one else is going to get it," Gowan says.

Even though several suspects are in custody, authorities are still asking anyone who's seen anything suspicious to report it right away and have been keeping resident updated on their Facebook page.

All of these burglaries are still under investigation, and police haven't recovered many of the stolen items yet.

If you have any information, call Greenwood Police at their tip line, (318) 891-0010.

For more automobile safety tips, courtesy of the Shreveport Police Department, click here.

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