WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Wichita Falls Police are offering a $1,000 in reward money to help to track down criminals breaking into cars.
A "Fresh 48" has been approved after a number of weapons were stolen in the break-ins.
They reported 24 cars have been broken into in less than a week. Many of them followed a similar pattern unlocked car doors in the southwestern part of the city. Police said the criminals stole seven handguns.
WFPD Sgt. Harold McClure said leaving car doors unlocked makes it easy for the criminals to take your stuff.
"If they find that's it locked, they're more than likely just going to move on," Sgt. McClure said. "So again, I just encourage people to lock their doors."
Sgt. McClure said the stolen guns are a concern.
"Please, definitely do not leave a firearm in an unlocked vehicle that's just a recipe for disaster," Sgt. McClure said.
Paul Raysmith, a resident of the city, said he was almost a victim of these break-ins almost a month ago.
"They tried to open it but as soon as they did the alarm went off," Raysmith said. "They got back in their car and drove off. Thank God it had an alarm on it."
He said he always locks his doors, turns on the car alarms and takes all goods from the vehicle inside which include car stereos.
"People should just leave other people's stuff alone and these kids now and days just have no respect," Raysmith said.
WFPD do not have any information about the car break-in suspects yet and encourage anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers (940) 322-9888.