ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police launched a department-wide special operation to cut down on thefts from cars.
Dozens of officers, from the gang unit to detectives, are targeting these crooks.
Last night two men were arrested in South Albany during one of the special operations, as police crack down on these thefts, which they said are happening across the city.
Malcolm Cummings, 21, and Christopher Young, 19, were both arrested last night in the 2400 block of West Gordon Avenue, during a special operation by the Albany Police's Gang Unit.
"We're going to continue over the summer months to do several details. Still be monitoring those areas where we have had a rash of entering autos. And we'll still be looking for suspects," said Albany Police Captain Wendy Luster.
Police said they started the special operations because they were seeing entering auto thefts across all parts of the city. Crooks are looking into cars for valuables, then smashing windows if need be to get loot.
"Purses, wallets, computers, electronics. Anything of value that's left in sight in vehicles," said Luster.
Police said they know their special operations will catch some thieves, but not solve the entire problem.
"One of the ways we would like to avoid that, is try to get the information out to citizens. Take the merchandise out of their vehicles, so the criminals don't have that easy access to get in the vehicles," said Luster.
Albany Police said it doesn't appear there have been an increase in entering autos so far this summer, but they have mounted special operations to try to decrease the crimes.
Police said even in driveways, individuals need to take the valuables out of cars and lock the doors because criminals are targeting vehicles in every corner of Albany.