ST. LOUIS – Around a dozen cars were broken into overnight in a south St. Louis neighborhood that neighbors say doesn’t typically see much crime.

The break-ins occurred early Wednesday morning in the Princeton Heights neighborhood.

Neighbors reported seeing two young men driving down Blow Street around 2:30 a.m., smashing car windows and breaking into multiple vehicles before driving off. The break-ins stretched from Gravois to Loughborough Avenues.

Residents say that police responded within minutes, even returning Wednesday afternoon to set up a camera.

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According to data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, through last month, there have been more than 1,200 car break-ins in the City of St. Louis this year. That’s about a 25% drop from this time last year.

The department issued the following statement in response to FOX 2’s response for comment:

“We know many are concerned with the numerous car break-ins. We share the same concerns. We appreciate the residents who alerted us in real-time to the thieves. As detectives continue to investigate, we remind our residents to call 911 if they see something suspicious.”