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Rural residents awake to burglarized vehicles

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RAYMOND, MS (WLBT) - Hinds county law officers are investigating vehicle break-ins throughout several rural neighborhoods.

One victim captured the alleged criminals on camera and hopes they can be stopped from preying on others.

"They never moved. They never looked up when the light came on. They don't care," said John Neal about the three men in a video he recorded and turned over to Hinds county authorities.

He is angered by the bold actions of thieves who he said broke into his work truck even after security lighting illuminated the area.

Around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday three men were recorded in the driveway of his Parsons Road home in Raymond.

Surveillance cameras captured images of them peering into the vehicles on his property.

"Things that you work hard for somebody tries to just take it, just because you work. They don't work. They just steal. I'm going to do anything I can to stop them. They're just glad I didn't catch them," said Neal.

The 41 year old heating and cooling maintenance technician said the men shattered the passenger side window of the truck and once inside took valuables and trashed everything else.

"I had a radar detector, GPS, tools that they got out of my tool box. If I'd have caught them somebody would have been in a bag," added the frustrated Hinds county resident.

He spent the day talking with Hinds county investigators and getting the broken window replaced.

According to Lt. Jeffery Scott with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department more than 10 vehicles were burglarized during the early morning hours Wednesday.

Thieves hit locations on Parsons Road, Midway Road and on Misty Lane in Regency Estates.

"This is out of the norm for this area. Investigators are working to recover property and are counting on the public's help in identifying the individuals. We do not believe they live in the area," said Scott.

The video shows one man shining a light into Neal's truck parked on the left of the screen while a second approaches the SUV on the right.

In the background closer to the street, a third man can be seen with a flashlight walking around a third vehicle.

"Luckily I'm one of the ones that had video. I'm gonna put a stop to it. Somebody's gonna recognize these guys," added Neal.

If you have any information about these crimes, call the Hinds County Sheriff's Department at 601-857-2600.

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