Tuscaloosa Police say they’ve arrested and charged two men accused of breaking into vehicles in neighborhoods around town with dozens of burglary charges.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Brad Mason said in a statement that the uptick in auto burglaries started around Aug. 1. All the burglaries were focused on unlocked vehicles.

Neighborhoods impacted include Firethorn Drive, Arcadia, Sherwood, Circlewood, Beverly Heights, Windsor Drive and the Highlands.

In security footage taken in the neighborhoods affected, the burglars were seen checking doors to see if they were locked, opening unlocked doors and taking items from the unlocked vehicles.

Several times, the burglars took firearms from the vehicles, and police said some of the home security videos showed the suspects armed with handguns.

Christopher Dewayne Young Jr., 21, and 21-year-old Labarry Derrell Prewitt were arrested Oct. 1, and investigators said they recovered two stolen handguns and other property taken from several of the burglaries.

Young was arrested on nine auto burglary warrants and is in jail on a bond of $108,000. Prewitt was arrested on six auto burglary warrants, and he is in jail on a $90,000 bond.

Police said a total of 73 cases between the two will be presented to the Tuscaloosa Grand Jury. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be pending.

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