COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — More than two dozen cars were broken into Monday evening at a parking lot near John Glenn International Airport, according to Columbus Police.
Police said this occurred around 11 p.m. at the Republic Airways parking lot on the 4300 block of East 5th Avenue.
According to police, between 30 to 40 employee vehicles were either vandalized or items were stolen from the cars, including three guns. The thieves also fled the scene in a Hyundai.
“This is a business parking lot.” Columbus Police Cmd. Duane Mabry said. “These are employee vehicles. We have somewhere between 30 and 40 vehicles that have been broken into. Many of the reports are going to end up being property damage where they just broke the window and didn’t take anything but then we have several where items were taken.”
Mabry said it is alarming to hear of more guns being taken from vehicles, adding stolen guns are often the root of other crimes in the city like armed robberies or homicides. Juveniles commit the majority of these crimes, Mabry said.
“I can’t caution enough about not leaving your gun in the car,” he said. “Secure your weapon. Put it in a lock box, lock it away, hide it away, keep it some place not accessible.”
Mabry said car thefts in Columbus are up about 33 percent from where they were last year, with 20 percent of those thefts being between the airport and Easton.
Police are set to release pictures of the suspects — who they identified as teenagers — and said they will need the community’s help in identifying them.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.