Break-in & Shots Fired

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

So you think you’ve had a bad day? A Council Bluffs man can probably top it. First he caught someone breaking into his vehicle then moments later he was dodging bullets fired from his own handgun.

Now the apartment management and residents are taking steps to shut down the thieves.

Every time she heads out Kelly Smith carries everything with her. Kelly's lived in Valley View Estates for five years and has never had a problem with vehicle break-ins or any thefts from her car.

Kelly Smith says, "I take my stuff, I take my valuables in I don't leave anything in my car such as phones, GPS's, purses, any type of bag. They don't know what's in it and they may go in there to see what's in it."

But not everyone is as disciplined as Kelly.

Two weeks ago the Valley View management put bright yellow flyers at every entrance announcing that there have been a series of break-ins at the complex and residents should not leave any property in their cars.

Early Tuesday morning the stakes got higher

Tuesday morning's victim told police that he heard his car alarm going off and went to investigate. Once he was outside he saw that his car had been broken into and the thief found the gun he kept hidden there. The suspect fired four shots and yelled, 'don't come after me" and fled.

The orange circles show where Council Bluffs Police marked the position of the four shell casings before bagging them as evidence.

Witnesses saw a dark two door car speed out of the lot and head north from the complex.

Thankfully no one was hurt but now there is another gun in the wrong hands.

Council Bluffs Police did check and the gun was registered and the victim is allowed to possess a handgun.

Channel 6 News tried to contact this morning's victim but we have been unsuccessful.

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