Charlotte, N.C. - Car break-ins don't typically make the news, but a recent string of vehicle burglaries is making a lot of people angry because of who is being targeted and when.
While firefighters were out protecting lives and property, it turns out their own property was at risk.
"I say it's wrong. It needs to stop. We're not going to stand for it," said Captain Dennis Gist with the Charlotte Fire Department
More than a dozen cars, parked at firehouses around Charlotte, have been broken into. The stolen items and the damage added up to thousands of dollars.
"The vehicles were either damaged, windows broken, or rummaged through," said Gist.
Two Charlotte fire stations were hit Friday morning - one on the West side - the other in South Charlotte. The crime spree started last weekend when three other stations on the west side were targeted.
"It could be someone who is monitoring our radio traffic because all the incidents have occurred while these fire stations were out on calls. Upon their return we realize a break-in or a crime has occurred," said Gist.
According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department reports, two firearms were stolen from the cars broken into Friday morning. City code prohibits dangerous weapons – including guns – on city property. It’s posted on the gate where firefighters park at the stations. The city says it will not address - however - what consequences the employees might be facing because it's a personnel matter.