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6/15/06-Tyler

Police Investigate A String Of Car Burglaries

Ten cars in all had their windows broken out. Their belongings ripped from the inside.

Police say theives found a Maroon F150 with the keys still inside. They stole the car, bouncing down the street like a pin ball. They side swiped a black Nissan Sedan, a GMC truck plus four other cars taking out a mailbox along the way. Police say the unusual getaway leads them to believe one of two things.

Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department said, "Either it was deliberately done by the suspects or it might indicate that these were juveniles that didn't know how to drive and were hitting cars as they were driving down the street."

Just minutes after leaving the scene, police were driving past a parking lot a few blocks away, when they spotted the stolen truck. Inside, they found some of the items stolen from other vehicles like Ashley Randall's purse.

"I think that everything is good. There may have been a little bit of cash in there. I need to check Social Security Cards, and make sure they are there, but it's been a great learning lesson," said Randall.

The owner of the truck, Blake Deaton, came to pick it up. When he saw it, he didn't know what to think.

He said, "I thought it was gone, I really did. I kind of wish they'd totalled it, and taken it to a chop-shop, you know?"

Now, he has to get everything fixed. The radio was stripped from the inside, and there are plenty of bumps and bruises from the thieves' joy ride through his neighborhood.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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