PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Deputies say there were more than a dozen car break-ins in 24 hours at day cares and senior living communities in Paulding County.
The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said a group of thieves broke into cars at the Primrose School in Acworth on Thursday morning.
Officials said the thieves waited in the parking lot for parents to go inside, and when the parents came back out, they discovered their windows had been smashed.
Eric Bishop said his wife's purse was stolen when thieves broke into her car.
"She was only in there for two to three minutes. Unbelievable," he said.
The thieves also hit Sunbrook Academy, which is a mile away from the Primrose School, deputies said.
Deputies said they are also investigating several break-ins at Amberley Senior Living.
"This is definitely something new that we have not seen. It's amazing the extent these criminals will go to," Sgt. Ashley Henson said.
The thieves got away with purses, cash, credit cards, personal items and an emergency bag that was locked in a trunk.
Fayna Foster said her car was broken into, so she bought a gun to protect herself.
"It's terrifying, you know? We live in a community like this with elderly people. They seem to prey on the elderly," she said. "I got a gun today and that terrifies me too. I don't want to shoot somebody."
Foster admits her car door was unlocked, but she doesn't think that locking it would have stopped the burglars from smashing her window.
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