EDWARDSVILLE — Employees at two warehouses had a rash of car burglaries during their shifts Wednesday.
The warehouse parking lots on Lakeview Corporate Drive and West Gateway Commerce Drive had nine cars burglarized and one pickup truck stolen during work shifts Wednesday.
The stolen vehicle was identified as a silver 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 crew cab pickup truck, with a license plate reading "4 PRIMO."
Missing items include an $800 Kenwood touch-screen CD player, camping tents, audio equipment such as speakers and amplifiers, tool kits, glasses, cellphones, a GPS device and two tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
The value of the items is estimated as at least $2,300.
Police Chief Jay Keeven said he believed a stolen vehicle had been recovered in St. Louis, but it was not yet known if it was the truck stolen from the Edwardsville warehouses.
The burglars are using a new method to break into the cars, Keeven said. "They didn't pop the locks," he said. "They're prying the plastic casing between the metal and door handle and activating the unlocking button."
The method has been observed in other car burglaries in the metro-east recently, Keeven said.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Det. Sgt. Michael Lybarger of the Edwardsville Police Department at 656-2131.
Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2507.