Police: Surge in entering autos, 2 teens arrested, confessed

- A spike in entering auto cases in several neighborhoods in Smyrna. Police arrested two teens that may help solve many of those cases. 

Twenty cars were hit in one night in the Kings Valley subdivision of Reed Road. Mario Maddox's security camera captured someone rummaging through his daughter's car Monday night. Maddox said whoever it was swiped some cash. 

"They stole $35 and some wires, they missed her Coach purse and her iPad," said Maddox.

Police said they pulled over a car trying to leave the subdivision. A 17-year-old and 18 years old were inside, and police said after a few questions, they started talking. 

"The individuals who they detained, and arrested, actually confessed to the crimes last night," said Smyrna Police Sgt. Louis Defense.

Investigators said they found numerous stolen items in their car.  

"Laptops, iPads, cell phone chargers, GPS devices, and the gun," said Sgt. Defense.

Investigators are now trying to determine if the same teens are responsible for dozens of other entering auto cases across the city. In the meantime, people in the Kings Valley neighborhood are being a little more cautious. 

"We don't hear about things like that happening here, but I think that's what makes us a target, people are unsuspecting and leave doors unlocked and garage doors open," said Doug Jordan who had his car rummaged through.

Jordan said he and many others will now be taking advice from police. 

"Lock your door, never leave a loaded firearm in your car and close your garage door," said Sgt. Defense.

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