ALBANY, Ga. -- At least six entering auto incidents added to the Albany Police Department caseload over the weekend included vehicles that had been left unsecured at residences in close proximity to each other, police officials say.
At least three of the cases are connected, and a juvenile has been taken into custody in connection with those incidents, an APD spokeswoman said.
The incidents took place at 1213 Netherland Lane, 1205 Netherland Lane, 1018 Netherland Lane, 645 Longbow Drive, 505 Longbow Drive and 628 Indian Creek Drive, reports indicate.
Reports show that the break-ins are thought to have taken place between late Saturday evening and the early morning hours of Sunday. Among the items taken, police officials say, were a purse, a semi-automatic pistol, an in-dash stereo face plate, a wallet and its contents, Nike shoes and a Bible with a carrying bag.
One vehicle had the driver's side window rolled down, while the others were left unlocked, police officials said.
"Citizens are reminded to secure their cars and to not leave valuables inside," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said.
The juvenile was taken into custody in connection with the thefts at 645 Longbow Drive, 505 Longbow Drive and 628 Indian Creek Drive. There is a possibility the others may be connected, but that had not been determined by Monday afternoon, Banks said.
Officers had been called to the same area on the 600 block of Lonbow Drive in reference to shots being fired. The victim in that case told police that four black males pulled up beside him and his cousin in a Chevy Impala and got out. Two of the men punched and kicked the victim in the face and body, police officials said.
He further told police that, when his cousin took off running, he heard shots fired. It is unknown at this time who the suspects were shooting at. The victim, a male juvenile, was treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene. He sustained a swollen right eye and a small cut under the same eye, police officials say.
The shooting incident case remains under investigation along with the nearby entering auto case. Detectives are trying to determine how, or if, the two are connected.