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Both unlocked and locked vehicles targeted in string of break-ins

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

(UPDATE: Police have arrested two suspects in connection with these break-ins. Read more here.)

It's happened again this summer. Quincy police are investigating a rash of car burglaries.

It's been going on for a couple of days and detectives are looking to see if any of the cases can be linked.

"My whole window was just shattered, completely, just out," Kim Johnson, a victim of the break-ins, said. 

Johnson woke up Tuesday morning to find her passenger window busted, glass littered her backyard and her sense of safety severely shaken.

"We never have had any issues with anything around here," she said.  

Johnson was one of several residents to be hit in her Quincy neighborhood. She says her purse was stolen, but nothing else was touched. What's most surprising to her is the doors were locked and her car was parked just steps away from her house.

"The fact that they were gutsy enough to come up to someone's private driveway, and break a window and get in," she said.

Lieutenant Dina Dreyer with the Quincy Police Department says thieves have been targeting both unlocked and locked vehicles, and usually taking cash, sometimes also snatching electronics. She says it's hard for police officers to do anything about it right away.

"It's hard for us to stop them or prevent them from happening because they do happen at night, under cover of darkness," she says. 

Dreyer says police are looking into the burglaries, and says many times neighbors help them catch the crooks.

"Usually we get lucky and someone will see something or hear something and we'll respond, based on that information." 

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