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Burglar swipes items from Mauldin cars, steals deputy's ammo

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The windows of a Mauldin man's truck were busted out. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina) The windows of a Mauldin man's truck were busted out. (June 2, 2014/FOX Carolina)
MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Randall Tate takes a seat in front of his house, now he watches who's rolling through Autumn Ridge at Planter's Row in Mauldin.

"I heard a big boom outside my house," Tate said.

And when he walked outside early Monday morning, he said he couldn't believe it.

"Right after I heard that boom, I heard a gunshot," Tate said. "Cars had been broken into, vandalized and all kind of stuff like that."

Tate said he could look straight through the passenger window of his pick-up truck because there was a huge hole.

Investigators with the Mauldin Police Department said a burglar shot out the window.

"I looked and my seat had a hole in it," Tate said.

A burglar swiped some items from the truck.

"My wife left her purse in there, a Dooney & Bourke pocket book," Tate said. "Had money in the purse - money gone. ID, driver's license, credit cards."

His neighbor, a Greenville County Sheriff's deputy, got hit too.

"He had .45 ammo stolen," Tate said.

According to incident reports, the thief hit other neighbors too.

"As I was riding through the neighborhood, people's cars - open. The doors are still open, their trunks are still up," he said.

Incident reports show the burglar swiped items like an iPod, earrings and a money order.

"When you work hard to have stuff that you have and to have someone come along and violate you personally, it's really upsetting," Tate said. "So, you have to be more vigilant now, everything has to be suspect."

Investigators said the deputy's car that burglars hit is an unmarked SUV.

Police say in order to decrease your chances of becoming a victim, always lock your doors, hide valuables or remove them from your car.

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