Burglars break into 10 cars, set 1 on fire in Overland Park - KCTV5


Burglars break into 10 cars, set 1 on fire in Overland Park

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Authorities are investigating a serious a crime spree in Overland Park after nearly a dozen cars were broken into and one set on fire.

Ten cars were broken into near 145th Street and Metcalf Avenue, but things really got scary for one family when the crooks then set the car on fire.

"We were woken up to my daughter screaming her car was on fire," Jason Mitchell said.

The Mitchells woke up and saw their 16-year-old's SUV on fire in the driveway Sunday morning.

They thought it might be electrical, but then police told them it might be personal or at least tied to nine other car break-ins in the neighborhood.

The items that were stolen were GPS systems, wallets and whatever crooks could get their hands on, police said.

Neighbors who heard and saw the car fire and came to help.

"I think what they heard was the tires blowing up ... and once she looked outside and saw the flames," neighbor Mariel Martinez said. "It just kind of puts that into the back of your mind that you are not always safe. I guess it is a little scary, but I'm glad everyone is OK."

The family's window was busted out by the fire and there was smoke damage to the outside of the home.

"That was the scary part. With a little bit of wind or the car was parked closer, it could have caused real damage to the home," Mitchell said. "It's a great neighborhood, but it does take away a sense of security with that happening right next to the house."

Overland Park police said drivers should lock their cars parked in driveways or close garage doors.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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