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Thieves target expensive coolers in up Spanish Fort neighborhood

This Summer detectives tell me they have been flooded with home surveillance videos of "would be" thieves. (WPMI)

It seems to be a constant "Summertime" problem. Expensive coolers and other items being stolen from the backs of pickups and boats. Tonight it's neighborhoods in the Spanish Fort area that seem to be the latest targets.

This Summer detectives tell me they have been flooded with home surveillance videos of "would be" thieves.

The videos help, but so far no arrests.

When you look at home surveillance video you will notice how thieves look up. They seem to know the camera is there and they come prepared. "Something covering your face, they have on gloves you can tell about how tall they are compared to the vehicle and maybe some other things out there. Cameras are great, locking securing your valuables is much better, " said Maj. Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Lately the target are expensive Yeti coolers. Some have been found stashed in wooded areas along State Highway 225 in Spanish Fort.

Detectives say thieves appear to be organized, rummaging through boats and truck beds in neighborhoods like here in the Stillwater subdivision off 225.

"There's groups of people. We have seen everything. In the past where they would steal a car to go steal all this stuff or happen upon a car and steal it while they are there but they operate in groups," said Lowery.

They even come prepared with the right tools. "He's got a set of bolt cutters there. Maybe he was ready to cut the cable. A lot of people cable those down or chain them down he was prepared for that too," said Lowery.

The catch is that if these guys are caught, they are charged with theft of property and since they've only taken coolers they likely will only get probation.

Last year thieves targeted coastal communities.

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