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Greenville police: County cop car robbed of guns in rash of break-ins

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It was a rude awakening for some residents on Augusta Street and Ashley Avenue in Greenville on Monday after they woke up to find money, electronic devices and other valuables stolen from their vehicles.

A Greenville Co. deputy who had an unmarked vehicle at his home was robbed of his two guns, a Heckler and Koch MP5 and a Glock .45, police said.

"He doesn't know exactly how entry was made into the vehicle, but he believes he left that vehicle secure," said Lt. Jason Rampey with Greenville police.

"People have rummaged through [cars] for change, you see people checking door handles on the street, too," said resident Elizabeth Kenney.

Kenney is new to the neighborhood near Ashley Avenue. She said a recent break-in into her unlocked car has prompted her to be more cautious.

"When we first moved here, we were leaving our doors open," she said. "They took all of the change and reorganized the glove box."

Police, however, said even if you do lock your doors as the deputy said he did, thieves may still be able to get in without breaking windows or prying the door open.

"A lot of these criminals have different ways of defeating these locking mechanisms," said Rampey.

Cops said crime in neighborhoods will go down if people play it smart.

"Don't leave anything in that car of value for them to take," said Rampey.

Police and deputies are investigating into the stolen guns. They said a bullet-proof vest was also stolen. Deputies said it is protocol for cops to keep guns in a secure lock box in the vehicle. It is unclear how exactly the thief or thieves got into the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call 23-CRIME.

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