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EDMOND, Okla - Police say three young men are behind bars following a lengthy crime spree in Edmond.

It came to an end this week when authorities say they found them divvying up their loot behind a liquor store at 15th and Blvd.

"They had the backpacks and purses and everything all dumped out and going through all kinds of stuff in the parking lot,"  said Jenny Monroe, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department.

Recently, Terry Kreaps says his car was burglarized.

"They stole a credit card out of the car that was unlocked," said Kreaps.

Following the string of crimes, police began calling them the "grab and go" auto burglars.

Authorities say the group would walk through neighborhoods, looking for unlocked cars.

Once they found an unlocked door, police say they would grab anything they could find.

Luckily, an alert neighbor spotted three suspicious young men with backpacks and called 911.

"Everybody watches. We have 13 kids, so we do watch out.  And in this case, it paid off," said Kreaps.

When police served a warrant on the alleged suspects' apartment, authorities recovered stolen property from several other recent thefts.

Some of those items included purses, credit cards and even a military gas mask.