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Mount Pleasant police are reminding residents to keep their homes – including their garages – locked up tight and remove any valuables from their vehicles.

Police were called first at 3:41 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 6200 block of Larchmont Drive for a report of a break-in. Residents of the home said they were asleep when the suspect(s) broke into their home, making their way to the garage where they got inside a pick-up truck and stole a wallet and a handgun.

Officers were driving through the neighborhood checking the area when they noticed an open garage at a home on the same block. Residents of the home were notified, and they checked their vehicles for anything missing. Though both cars had been gone through, nothing was taken.

MPPD Sgt. Matthew Soens in a written release listed suggestions residents should take to keep them and their belongings safe.

“Citizens should remove or conceal any valuable items in their vehicles, lock their car doors, and close their garage doors. Exterior lighting can also minimize the chances of you becoming a victim,” he wrote. “Most criminals don’t want to be seen or heard.”

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