By Jay Meisel
PORT ST. LUCIE - For years, the Port St. Lucie Police Department has worked to prevent burglaries.
Now, even one of the criminals may be supporting the effort.
A Port St. Lucie man reported to police that on Aug. 21 he left his car unlocked in his driveway, Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, public information officer, said in a press release.
Master Sgt. Sabol said in the press release the man returned to his car in the morning and noticed that his handgun and bullets and a knife were missing.
But as the man was about to go back in his house, he noticed a plastic bag with the gun and the knife inside it, Sgt. Sabol said in the press release.
Someone wrote on the bag, "LOADED GUN Unlocked car = STUPID!!," Sgt. Sabol said in the press release.
He added in the press release that the burglar wrote on the other side of the bag, "LOTS OF Children in area."
Although leaving the gun and the knife, the burglar took the bullets, he added.
Master Sgt. Sabol said he didn't know whether any other burglaries occurred in that area.
He said police have urged people to lock their car doors.
In residential areas, there's often a few car burglaries at a time, he said.
Most times, there's no sign of forced entries, indicating the cars targeted were unlocked, he said.
As for the burglary where the note was left, police had not made an arrest as of Aug. 26, he said.