SUWANEE -- While Sunday afternoon games went on at George Pierce Park, nine car break-ins occurred.
Suwanee Police Department Capt. Clyde Byers said items stolen were mostly purses and wallets after car windows were broken. Some credit cards and at least one iPod were also taken. Byers said the incidents happened between 3:30 p.m. and 4:17 p.m.
Byers said it's rare to get fingerprints from cars in these situations because "what they touch, they take with them." Interior plastic in cars is also too rough to preserve a finger print.
The only way to catch the criminals now is a witness coming forward, or if the items are turned in to a pawn shop, Byers said.
"When you've got that many vehicles, especially at George Pierce Park, on those back parking lots, there's a lot of noise from the ballgames, you don't hear much back there," Byers said.
Byers called the incidents "crimes of opportunity" meaning the perpetrator looks for what's visible.
"It's amazing what people will leave in plain sight," Byers said.
In one report, Byers said, windows were broken, but nothing was taken.
Byers said this was the first rash of break-ins in the area in at least a couple of years. The last time was also at George Pierce Park, and it warranted a police stakeout for several days, but another incident didn't happen during the stakeout.