Police investigate burglaries and shots fired during Thanksgiving week

Saturday, November 27, 2010 | 6:25 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police investigated five car burglaries, two home burglaries and responded to a shots fired call during the week of Thanksgiving.

According to a Columbia Police Department news release, an employee of Stadium Grill and an employee of Chili's Grill & Bar both found their cars broken into and purses stolen on Nov. 20.

The release stated that two other cars were broken into and stereo equipment was stolen from them at two Joe Machens locations on Nov. 22 — Joe Machens Automotive Group at 500 Vandiver Drive and Joe Machens Ford at 1911 W. Worley St.

The release also stated an employee of the Hy-Vee Starbucks at 3100 W. Broadway found his car broken into and items missing on Nov. 24.

According to the release, two residential burglaries were reported on Thanksgiving, one on the 1400 block of Paris Road and another on the 700 block of Clayton Street.

Shortly after noon on Nov. 26, police responded to a shots fired call from the 100 block of Fourth Avenue. Police said a neighbor heard between one and three shots fired and saw a male running from the area. The neighbor heard a car drive off in a westerly direction, according to the release.

According to interviews with other neighbors and witnesses, the release stated that a man pulled a handgun from a jacket pocket, fired at least one shot and then ran off.

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