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Small communities face rash of car break-ins, shots fired after neighbor confronts suspects

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ST. MARY, Mo ( KMOV.com)-- Police departments around St. Genevieve County are warning residents about a rash of car break-ins happening in the area.

St. Mary police got the call after a handful of cars in a small neighborhood were broken into, the suspects smashing in some of the windows to get inside.

One of the homeowners tells News 4 he got a call from a neighbor just around 1 a.m. telling him she’d spotted a black vehicle along her driveway with two unknown men inside.

The homeowner stepped outside, armed with a gun, when the suspects began shooting at him.

He fired warning shots in the air and they took off. Most of the neighbors say the suspects only got away with some spare change.

"For a whole neighborhood to be hit," said one neighbor, "it's just crazy."

St. Genevieve Police also warned residents on Sunday, saying they’ve heard reports of break-ins around the county, some during broad daylight.

More than a dozen cars were broken into at a Zell church while people were inside during service.

St. Mary chief of Police Shawn Prass says he’s now working to switch his own shift so there can be more patrols around the area during the weekends.

He says they face the challenge of searching for suspects without much of a description.

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