LIBERTY, Mo. — Two thieves cashed in on what police call “crimes of opportunity” in a Liberty neighborhood.

Investigators released two short videos showing two people who are suspected of going through a neighborhood near Ruth Moore Park looking for unlocked cars. The crooks checked each car door, and if it was unlocked, they had easy access to steal.

Police said the crimes all took place early in the morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. May 19.

They are suspected of stealing a gun, purses, credit cars and other items that were left inside more than a dozen vehicles. Detectives said the suspects also stole three of the cars because owners left keys inside the unlocked cars.

“When they’re lucky enough to find one unlocked, they take everything they can,” Liberty Police Capt. Andy Hedrick said. “They’ve been successful in stealing purses and credit cards and at least one firearm.”

Since that video clip was recorded, Capt. Hedrick said a total of 13 cars were broken into. The video clip doesn’t show faces of the would-be criminals since it was still dark outside. Three of those cars were stolen, according to police.

“Basically, we’re asking people to keep their doors locked. Park in well-lit areas if you can. Remove your valuables from your vehicles, and lock your cars. That would really help,” Hedrick added.

Liberty doesn’t have a high crime rate, so this is especially concerning to police. Hedrick said people should also lock the doors on their homes as well, in effort to not to provide criminals another easy target. 

If you can help identify the thieves, call the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4730 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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