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Car break-ins rise in Boynton Beach; 3 homes burglarized in Palm City

Posted at 11:00 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 04:19:55-04

Criminals have been busy up and down our viewing area, starting early Monday morning, breaking into homes and cars.

We've counted at least five victims from Palm City to Boynton Beach.

Michael Glidden was taking his wife to an MRI Monday morning when they were hit.

"We got back about 9:05 a.m. and she noticed the glass on the floor and said someone broke into the house," he said.

He was one of three homes within a mile and half in Palm City broken into through the back door.

"I hope they nail their hides," Glidden says about catching the bad guys.

Glidden had two guns and a coin collection swiped. The two other homes had a laptop and jewelry taken.

"What they're doing is focusing on easy things to carry away. Things that would make a few dollars on the black market," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office released a picture of a Hyundai Sonata connected to those three burglaries.

Down in Boynton Beach, more victims, one of them inside a gated community.

The Boynton Beach Police Department released two tapes from overnight of attempted and successful break-ins.

In fact, that crime is on the rise here. Year-to-date, there's been 94 more auto burglaries in 2017, than in the same time frame in 2016.

Boynton Beach Beach auto burglaries:

2016 - Jan. 1 to June 12: 346

2017 - Jan. 1 to June 12: 440

Snyder recently talked about the problem during a Florida Sheriff's Association phone call.

"Sheriffs all over the state are saying this is happening everywhere," Snyder said.

In one of the videos, you can see a man try two car doors that were locked, before walking away. A reminder to lock your doors.

As for Glidden and his home: "If we were home, and they came in, I would have shot them."