Police are investigating a rash of vehicle burglaries which occurred in close proximity off Mississippi 16 west over the weekend. An ax was among the items taken from the vehicles.

Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said the holiday season tends to see a rise in vehicle burglaries, as five additional burglaries were reported on Nov. 6.

A back window was broken out of a vehicle parked at the Holiday Inn Friday but nothing was reported taken, Moore said.

Four more burglaries were reported in the same proximity on Saturday.

A car, owned by a couple from Alabama, was broken into while it was parked at the Super Inn, he said.

"They had checked in on the 15th, but were alerted by a hotel employee the next day that a window in their car had been broken. The alarm went off, disrupting the burglary. Nothing was reported stolen," Moore said.

The other three burglaries occurred at the nearby Reunion Court Apartments.

A back window was broken out of one vehicle and a watch with a Mississippi State University logo and a black purse were stolen.

Also at Reunion Court, the owner of a truck reported finding his doors open and glove box and console ransacked. Nothing was reported taken.

An ax was also reported taken from the bed of a truck parked at Reunion Court.

Moore said investigators speculate that the burglaries are connected.

In addition, authorities are still investigating a series of five additional car burglaries which occurred on Nov. 6 in the parking lot of Grace Baptist Church.

Back windows were broken out and purses taken from each of the cars during church services between 6 and 6:50 p.m.

No arrests have been made in any of the incidents.

Moore expects to see a rise in vehicle burglaries during the holiday season.

"People are out shopping more and will leave their purchases in their vehicles," he said.

He advises all citizens to not leave items in their vehicles but if they must to keep them out of sight.