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Break-Ins at Daycares

Break-Ins at Daycares
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau police investigate a rash of vehicle break-ins outside several daycare centers.

So far investigators do not have any suspects, and now they want your help tracking down the person or persons responsible.

Police say when parents drive up to drop off or pick up their children, they tend to leave their cars running and their doors unlocked, and that's when the suspect or suspects make their move.

One woman who had her purse stolen says it was so traumatizing, she wants to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else out here again.

"Usually I'm lucky if I have $ 2.00 in my purse, and this was one of the few times I had money in my purse," Brandelin Frazier says.

Frazier doesn't consider herself lucky anymore.

Not after becoming the latest victim in a rash of car break-ins outside three Cape Girardeau day care centers.

"It's not even the money, I had pictures of my kids, I had to take day off work filling out paperwork getting cards replaced getting my driver's license done," Frazier says.

Frazier's one of seven victims whose cars have been broken into since late December.

Sgt. Barry Hovis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says the thief acts so quickly, the victims don't even realize they've been robbed until later on.

"Daycare employees need to remind customers to lock their vehicles when they're getting out," Hovis says.

That's exactly what Wee Care Dayare Director Denise Roop hopes to do, as she sends out letters of warning.

Roop says cameras in the building monitor the children inside, now, she says they may consider tighter security outside.

Frazier says that would go a long way in easing her fears.

"I have an older son in school, and sometimes in the afternoon I'll run in and leave him, so what if my children would have been in there, they could have been hurt," Frazier says.

Police say if you have any information you think might help, call them at (573) 335-6621.

They also say stay alert, lock your doors, and don't leave your valuables behind in the car, even if it's for a short time.

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