Summerville - Five law enforcement cruisers were broken into and a service pistol, ammo and other items stolen early Thursday, according to police.
Cruisers from Berkeley County, Charleston County, Mount Pleasant and the city of Charleston were targeted in the string of break-ins, Summerville Police Department reports show.
Several items were taken from the vehicles, including a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy's .40-caliber Glock pistol, police said.
Authorities were called around 3 a.m. to the Weatherstone subdivision on Dovetail Circle regarding that theft. The Berkeley County deputy told police that he heard about five strikes to his 2009 Dodge Charger and rushed outside to find that the cruiser's passenger-side window had been smashed.
The person responsible drove away from the scene before the deputy made it outside, the report said.
In addition to his work-issued pistol, three fully loaded magazines and other items were also stolen, the deputy told police.
A short while later, Summerville police responded to another home on Dovetail Circle when a Mount Pleasant police officer noticed that his 2011 Ford Crown Victoria had also been broken into. A camouflage bookbag was removed from that vehicle, police said.
Investigators responded around 6 a.m. to the Westbury Mews apartments on Trolley Road when a third cruiser issued to a Charleston County sheriff's deputy was discovered to have been broken into. The deputy told police that three fully loaded Glock magazines were missing, as well as a flashlight, a knife and other items.
In a fourth incident, a Charleston police cruiser was broken into at Vista Sands Apartments on Bear Island Road, but nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle, a report said.
A police officer who was patrolling the complex located a fifth break-in to a Berkeley County cruiser. A laptop bag was removed from the vehicle and dropped beside it, police said.
Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said it appears as though the same person is responsible for each of the break-ins. A suspect has not been identified in the case, he said.