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Fort Smith Police: Over 50 breaking-and-entering calls reported recently

Fort Smith police reported that there have been approximately 51 breaking-and-entering calls since Sept. 20, mostly targeting unlocked vehicles.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) reported that there have been approximately 51 breaking-and-entering calls since Tuesday, Sept. 20. 

According to FSPD's release, unlocked vehicles were mainly targeted and some of the stolen vehicles had keys left inside. Police also say that it is likely that several of the incidents are connected.

Police are looking into a number of break-ins that have happened near Rogers Ave. and near 540 and Cavanaugh. They also say some have been reported during the day but most are coming in the evening or early morning hours.

“This is definitely out of the normal. what you would typically see on a 30-day time frame is about 30, so about one a day," said Clifford Russel, FSPD Crime Analyst. "This is a 10-day time frame and we've got 51. So, you can see the cause for alarm because it's been so many within such a short time frame."

FSPD is pursuing multiple leads in connection to the breaking-and-entering cases and is asking residents who may have seen any unusual or suspicious activities to call 479-709-5100. They are also asking individuals or businesses that may have doorbell or security cameras that can help identify suspects to contact their office at the number listed. 

Reward-eligible tips must be submitted via Fort Smith Crime Stoppers at 78-CRIME. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available. 

While police investigate, they are reminding residents to lock their car and house doors, leave no visible valuables, and park in well-lit and high-traffic areas. 


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