Series of burglaries hit Brownsville, handgun and car still missing
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Police said a Brownsville home on Gay Street is the latest in a string of burglaries. The homeowner returned from work around 4 a.m. Monday to find her possessions thrown around her home. According to police reports, the burglars broke in through a back window and stole a handgun, her daughter’s Wii gaming system, two TVs and then got away in her silver 2001 Dodge Neon. This is not the first time this neighborhood has seen this type of crime. “I’ve heard about it, and it’s happened quite a bit as far as I know,” neighbor Burnadean Taylor said. “But it’s only happened to us once.” Residents here say it is hard to protect their property when people frequently use their non-fenced backyards as a shortcut to Gay Street. At least two other homeowners reported burglaries to police on Mockingbird Street and Cooper Street. Neighbors say a third happened on West Thomas Street. Hattie Bell lives on the same street and said this particular burglary was not reported due to fear of retaliation. “There was an elderly lady. She might be scared or something, and that’s why she didn’t report it or something like that,” Bell said. “I think it’s more people have to report it.” Police say the burglaries are still under investigation. Call Crime Stoppers at 731″424″TIPS (8477) if you have any information.