Police: Possible criminal network targeting metro-Atlanta cities

- The Milton Police Department is warning residents about a rash of car burglaries that they believe are part of a larger network of criminal activity.

As of 9:45 a.m., at least 10 cars have been broken into in the Milton Police Department's Deerfield MPACT Zone overnight. That number may increase as homeowners wake up and prepare to leave their homes, the department said in a letter.

Three of the break-ins also involved burglaries. Thieves used garage door openers found inside the car to enter the houses' garages and stole household items.

In each case, the thieves broke one of the car's windows to unlock the vehicle.

The Milton Police said that they were confident that these crimes were not isolated incidents or exclusive to the Milton area.

They said they had "seen increasing evidence over the last week that this is part of a larger network of similar crimes occurring across the metro-Atlanta cities."

Milton Police Department supervisors are gathering and analyzing details from all of the break-ins.

The department is asking all residents to "remain hyper-vigilant" and to call 911 if they see or hear anything suspicious.

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