Police Link 2 Men to String of Car Break-Ins (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Fort Wayne Police are searching for two men who they claim are responsible for more than two dozen car break-ins.

24-year-old Branden Trigg and 34-year-old Jayson Brothers are accused of breaking into 27 vehicles in southwest Fort Wayne in late January. Police say several items were taken including power tools, GPS units and credit cards.

The two men are facing felony charges of corrupt business influence. Fort Wayne Police officer Raquel Foster says the charge is more serious and means investigators believe these men were conducting an organized ring of robberies.

Foster says the city has seen more than 500 car thefts so far this year. She credits great detective work to linking these two men to some of the crimes but she says this is a type of crime that overall police have a very hard time solving.

"If they're wearing gloves, if they aren't touching a lot of the interior of the vehicle, they're leaving very little evidence behind for an officer who responds the next day once that vehicle owner realizes their car has now been broken into, or that items have been taken from their car. So there is, what's called, low solvability rates with vehicle break-ins. It is a huge problem," said Raquel Foster, Fort Wayne Police Department.

Officer Foster says the best way to stop these crimes from happening is for people to lock their cars and make sure they don't leave valuables in plain sight inside their cars.

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