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UPDATE: Ooltewah, East Brainerd car theft victims talk to Channel 3

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UPDATE: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is warning people to lock their home and car doors following a string of burglaries in Ooltewah and East Brainerd.

Four subdivisions were targeted overnight on May 3rd-4th.

All of these burglaries happened within a few miles of each other, affecting more than a dozen families.

Even one local Navy family was targeted, a family Channel 3 has grown close to since the July 16th shootings.

"The first thing I asked him was, did you lock the car? Because we were running around the day before, we were very busy," Franicia White said.

Franicia White and her family found out the hard way not everyone is as trustworthy as their neighbors.

"And it just hit my gut and I had an eerie feeling because I could even see my jewelry box was open and a number of things were taken," White said.

Her neighbors showed her surveillance video that showed suspects searching through their car. That video was given to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Thieves targeted the White family and more than a dozen others on the same night, taking everything from sentimental keepsakes, to personal documents.

"The value we lost was well over $2,000," White said, "We just kept saying we feel so violated, and who steals passports? who would take something like that?"

After the suspects were done rummaging through cars in one neighborhood, they moved on to the next.

"My bag was gone, I started looking for that couldn't find it, I walked to the end of my driveway, found stuff that was not my own scattered all over the driveway," Kristopher Foster said.

"My son has a concealed license and they stole a pistol that was in his car," Jerry Yother said.

Aside from taking things inside the cars, one family had a 2009 dark blue Nissan Murano stolen.

"First time in this neighborhood in 15 years that I've been here that I heard of any kind of theft."

The Sheriff's Office needs help identifying the two men on surveillance video involved in the crimes.

Targeted families in the four Ooltewah and East Brainerd neighborhoods now realize what they all had in common.

"I guess I got a little too comfortable, didn't lock my car," Foster said.

The Sheriff's Office is reminding everyone to keep their cars and homes locked at all times.

Officers say around this time every year they see a spike in home and auto theft cases  and the best way to protect your valuables is to keep them locked away.

READ MORE | Ooltewah neighborhood on high alert after reports of car break-ins

If you know anything about these burglaries, please call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (423) 209-8940.

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