Oh, snap. Atlanta police may not be so good at keeping the gays safe in bars, but they are working to nip a recent car break-in bonanza that threatens our autos and fancy gadgets. Two arrests early Tuesday might just help. But here’s the thing for you gays on the go: When you’re done partying away the weekend in your club of choice, clean your car of the iPhones, name-brand sunglasses and other gay accessories that attract the criminals. Same goes for when you’re making a quick visit to, ahem, a “friend” from Grindr. Back to the break-ins. The heavily-gay Monroe Place Apartments was among a list of places in Midtown, Buckhead, Little Five Points and Inman Park that were plagued with car break-ins over the weekend. At least a dozen windows in autos parked at Monroe Place were shattered with smartphones, iPods and audio equipment snatched before the gay boys recovered from their nightlife-induced hangovers. About 4 a.m. on Tuesday, alert cops nabbed two suspects in car break-ins while they were allegedly working the parking lot of Savannah Midtown apartments on North Avenue. They were caught with phones, GPS units and other electronic goodies left in plain site inside the autos. The suspects are being questioned about car break-ins in Virginia-Highland and Little Five Points. They aren’t suspects in the Monroe Place break-ins, but anything is possible, a police spokesperson says. Here’s the takeaway, police say:
We urge vehicle owners to always follow the APD’s “Clean Car Campaign.” By leaving a “clean car” – that is, not leaving property inside of vehicles, property owners can ensure thieves have nothing to steal. Thieves routinely take laptops, cell phones, tablet computers, GPS units, even purses and money, from inside of motor vehicles. The only sure way to prevent this crime is to take this property with you when you exit your vehicle, whether at home, work or out for pleasure. If you must leave property inside of your vehicle for some reason, secure it in the trunk and out of plain sight.Now that we’ve helped you Monroe Place gays keep your cars safe, consider this: Don’t set your tricks on fire. Your fire station has closed.