MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Firefighters once again the targets of car break-ins overnight.
This time, the thieves ransacked cars at at least four different firehouses around the city.
As FOX13 found out relatives of firefighters wonder what it will take to protect those protecting you.
The thieves we understand may have messed up at a firehouse near the intersection of Broadway and National.
Memphis Police told us a security camera at the firehouse caught a number of thieves getting out of a four-door silver car and breaking the windows out of cars in the parking lot.
Ralph Ector lives nearby and has a nephew who is a Memphis Firefighter.
“Man I don’t think this is straight because they are here to try to put out our fires and save lives of people who are in danger when their house is on fire,” Ector said. “They run to the scene and people are hurting and people are hurt and dying and they revive them and bring them back to life.”
In the break-ins, eleven cars were broken into at Fire Station 17.
The thieves got away with $87 and a handgun.
The crooks broke into twelve more cars at fire stations around the city overnight including at fire stations on East Parkway and Powell and near Thomas and Chelsea.
“Well, that’s not really good because they are heroes and they help save lives every day, they put their lives on the line,” said Robert Conner.
Ector who told it makes no sense.
“So while they are out there trying to save lives and save somebody’s house from burning up, you got folks out there stealing their stuff,” he said.
Thieves broke into cars at Fire Station 6 on Thomas Street, Fire Station 13 on E. Parkway N., Fire Station 17 on National Street and Fire Station 24 on Powell Avenue.
Officers were patrolling Fire Station 17 around 5 a.m. due to several burglaries at fire stations throughout the city.
All 11 cars parked at the station had been burglarized, according to police.
Thieves broke out windows on the cars and ransacked them.
Four had property stolen, according to police.
According to police, the suspects’ car is a silver four-door car with dark wheels.
At 5:13 a.m., officers responded to a theft call at Fire Station 13.
Five cars had been broken into overnight.
At 5:30 a.m., officers were patrolling Chelsea Avenue and Thomas Street.
They found three cars broken into at Fire Station 6.
A red Nissan Altima, blue Chevrolet Silverado and white Chevrolet Silverado had windows busted out.
Last week, thieves broke into six cars at Fire Station 40.
No suspect information is available at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.
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