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Thieves target cars while parents drop off children at gymnastics

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Police are investigating a series of car break ins that occurred in Belleville and Swansea recently. Credit: KMOV Police are investigating a series of car break ins that occurred in Belleville and Swansea recently. Credit: KMOV
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

While parents dropped their little ones off at gymnastics class, thieves seized the moment and broke into their cars.

But, this is not the only time thieves struck. It's one of a handful of car break-ins happening in Belleville and Swansea. 

While parents were inside the Belleville Sports Complex taking their children to gymnastics class, thieves took the opportunity to smash car windows and steal whatever they could find. Five locked cars were hit at the sports complex. In Swansea, 10 cars, mostly unlocked, were hit overnight.

"It is scary just because it is close to your house, you don't know if they are going to get you or you do not want your stuff broken into," says Samantha Hill. 

Swansea police say a car was also stolen after a crime spree in the Swansea neighborhoods near Mel Price Park, to the south and west, and like in Belleville, many of the vehicles were unlocked. 

"Who wants someone breaking into a vehicle or home or anything like that?" says Belleville resident Charles Morris. 

The crimes were enough for the Swansea Police Department to issue a code red alert. Detectives want to talk to anyone who might have seen something or have a house camera that might have captured it. One resident said it was her house camera that actually stopped thieves in their tracks. 

"We had cameras in the back and we saw that somebody was trying to get in. We turned the light on and as soon as the light went on, he went away," says Hill. 

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