A rash of car burglaries over the weekend in Naples hit nine vehicles near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Davis Boulevard.
A handgun was among the valuables stolen Saturday night or Sunday morning, when a crook - or crooks - looted a number of unlocked cars. Thieves got away with a set of golf clubs from a car parked at the Holiday Inn Express, as well as $6,500 worth of electronics from one vehicle at La Quinta Inn & Suites.
Three cars parked at apartments near the corner of Sandpiper Street and Osprey Avenue were also burglarized. Among the missing items were an Apple iPad, a toolbox, and a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun with 3 fully-loaded magazines.
"Hopefully we can recover that firearm," said Capt. John Barkley of the Naples Police Department. "We don't want that out on the street."
There was no surveillance video available from the Osprey Avenue location, but police are checking to see if any of the other locations have security footage that might have caught a thief on camera.
The unlocked car burglaries come just days after a series of smash-and-grab break-ins of cars parked by Naples Beach last week, in which thieves got away with over $9,500 worth of items after breaking through windows to snatch them.
Capt. Barkley said that detectives are looking into whether the more recent crimes might be connected to the the break-ins by the beach.