Metro police are looking for a thief or a group of thieves targeting victims at local churches and parks in west Nashville.
Police said the suspects are smashing out car windows to steal valuables, mainly purses.
At least six churches have been targeted over the last few weeks during church services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
Churches robbed include Granny White Church of Christ on Granny White Pike, Bethel World Outreach Church on Granny White Pike, Woodmont Baptist Church on Woodmont Boulevard, Forest Hills Baptist Church on Old Hickory Blvd, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Hillsboro Pike, and Belle Meade United Methodist on Davidson Road.
The victims either left their doors unlocked or the suspect smashed out the window.
Lt. Douglas Bell said they've seen this happen before at churches but they haven't had any cases in west Nashville for about a year.
He said this rash started about three weeks ago.
Police said over the last week, six different victims were also targeted at Percy and Edwin Warner parks.
He said they haven't seen this happen at local parks in several months until now.
Lt. Bell said it's best to leave your valuables at home, take them with you, or at least hide them in the trunk or under the seat before you get to your location.
"Just take a few moments to secure your valuables because if you don't and you become a victim of one of these thieves, it will take you many days, hours, dollars to correct and fix what that thief has done to you," Lt. Bell said.
Anyone with any information on the thefts is urged to call the Metro Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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