Fairview Heights, IL (KSDK) - Police are investigating a rash of car burglaries in the Fairview Heights, Illinois area.
Police say the first burglary happened around 4 a.m. July 29 when two suspects forced open the gate at Insta-Credit Auto Mart in the 1800 block of West Highway 50.
Several cars were damaged in an attempt to steal them. They were eventually successful, and two cars were stolen. They were later abandoned in north St. Louis.
Around 4 a.m. August 3 Fairview Heights police interrupted several suspects in the process of stealing a vehicle where the first incident happened.
The suspects left the scene in a 2008 white Saturn Aura, which was reported stolen from St. Louis. It was last seen traveling westbound on Interstate 64.
Several other vehicles were found to be damaged on the Insta-Credit Auto Mark lot after this incident.
On August 5 several burglary to vehicle reports were made at hotels along Ludwig Drive. The reports were filed by hotel guests after they woke up. Police believe the crimes happened between midnight and 6 a.m.
A handgun was taken from one of the burglarized vehicles.
A vehicle on South Ruby Lane was also damaged during the same time frame as the robberies. The damage appears the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to steal the car.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents should contact the Fairview Heights Police Department.