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Thieves hit Rossville neighborhood; detective seeks leads

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- A rash of car break-ins in a Rossville neighborhood has residents on high alert.

Police say thieves busted windows and stole several things from cars on at least three streets within the Mission Glen subdivision.

Broken glass and signs of a theft are two things no one wants to see when they wake up in the morning.

But it happened in a nice, quiet neighborhood, and the people who live there say they're keeping a watchful eye on everything.

The glass is cleaned up and windows are repaired, but small signs of the rash of car break-ins remain.

Rod Cook was one of the victims.

"The right passenger window had been smashed in, and somebody had pulled down the glove box and rooted around and I guess, tried to steal something, but there was nothing in the van," says Cook.

The thieves struck out at his house, but Derrick Hancock's family wasn't so lucky.

"My cousin was actually parked on the other side of our road, and her window was shattered, and they called the police," Hancock says. "She found out they took her wallet, and they like tore everything a part."

The thieves got to nine cars in the neighborhood.

They all happened along Merrywood Drive, Still Water Drive and Dellwood Drive.

"My grandparents down the hill, they didn't smash theirs, but they did break in and they took some shoes and other stuff," says Hancock.

There weren't any major thefts, and the damage was minimal. But it all adds up in the end.

The victims are left wondering why.

"Is there anything that valuable, that you can possibly get," Cook asks. "And then to violate people's lives like that."

"It's nerve racking, because I feel like I'm in a safe neighborhood," Hancock says. "It's scary."

Derrick's family has since installed a security system for their home.

Rod says the neighborhood is on high alert.

"All the neighbors have started talking to each other, which these days doesn't happen that much," Cook says. "So, it's been good to talk to them all again."

The Walker County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation, and they're looking for your help.

If you saw anything suspicious in that area between Monday night and Tuesday morning, you're asked to call Detective Richie Dye at 706-638-19-09.

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