25 vehicles targeted in Coconut Creek, Margate break-ins

COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for the thieves responsible for breaking into more than two dozen vehicles in Coconut Creek and Margate.

Residents in The Landings, a community located along Lighthouse Circle in Coconut Creek, woke up Saturday to discover burglars had smashed into their cars.

“It’s disturbing to get up to this kind of thing in the morning,” said resident Sean Taylor.

7News cameras captured shattered windows in several cars.

“The passenger window was all shattered,” said Taylor.

Coconut Creek Police said 15 cars had windows smashed before the sun was up.

“I came out and my car was broken into,” said Xiamora, a woman whose car was targeted.

She said they went through the entire vehicle.

“They went through the glove compartment, popped the trunk,” she said.

Detectives said valuables were taken from some of the vehicles.

“Glove compartment was all torn apart,” said Taylor.

But even for those residents lucky enough to not have items stolen, the cost of repairing their cars will make a dent in their wallets

“I have to fix the window,” said Xiamora. “That’s messed up. People don’t have money for that.”

Police said thieves also targeted about 10 cars and trucks in a neighborhood along Rock Island Road in Margate, at around 5 a.m., Saturday.

“It’s not fair. It’s not fair,” said a woman whose car was targeted.

Now, neighbors at both locations want these criminals to know that their smashing spree has set back honest, hardworking people.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Taylor. “You work hard for what you have, and it’s just not right.”

Margate Police did not specify whether both burglaries are related.

If you have any information on these break-ins, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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