More than a dozen Amtrak riders will step off the train in Quincy over the next week to find shattered glass, smashed windows and stolen items from their car.
On Saturday, the Quincy Police Department responded to multiple vehicle burglary reports on the northeast part of Quincy.
Officers responded to the Amtrak station , at N. 30th St. and Wisman Lane, where 17 vehicles had been entered, with 15 of the vehicles having a window smashed out. There were also five vehicles entered in the same manner near the Selby Implement lot located at 2221 N. 24th St.
"We don't know what they're after. Anytime we have a rash like this, they're usually looking for money or something they can carry easily, like electronics and GPS items. The vehicles were rummaged through, everything was gone through and, at this time, we don't have a full list of what was taken because we don't know who all the victims are," Sgt. Kathy Schisler with QPD said.
While police have yet to find who committed the crime, Schisler said the department is following up on leads.
"Any time there are vehicles parked for any length of time, like the movie theatre or train station, obviously, we tend to have more vehicle burglaries there because people that do this kind of thing know that no one will be there for a few hours or, in this case, several days," Schisler said.
"We're going to try to protect this the best that we can. In reality, yes, people park their cars there at their own risk. But it's a sad state of affairs when we promote Amtrak like we do and now we have an incident like this," Mayor John Spring said.
With no video surveillance in place, the only crime prevention is routine patrols throughout the area.
"They do make their rounds through there, but as soon as the officer leaves, they know they've got some time to do what they want to do," Schisler said.
"What kind of degenerate would do something like this, to harm people's vehicles, other than someone who's desperate or some group that thought this would be a lot of fun. Well, it's not going to be fun when we catch you, arrest you and put you in jail," Spring said.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Quincy Police Department at (217) 228-4470 or the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers at (217) 228-4474.