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Three guns were stolen from vehicles in Bismarck over the weekend during break-ins that could be the work of the same person or persons, police say.

Several items reported stolen were recovered in other vehicles as police investigated a total of 12 break-ins, according to Lt. Luke Gardiner. Owners were unsure if their vehicles were locked, but none of the vehicles showed any indication of forced entry, he said.

Most of the break-ins occurred late Saturday or early Sunday. Items taken but not recovered included two handguns and a shotgun. One vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of Irvine Loop with the use of a spare key stored in the center console. The vehicle was later recovered several blocks away.

About half the areas hit in the rash were in south Bismarck near Dorothy Moses School and Cottonwood Lake.

Credit cards taken from vehicles at Municipal Ballpark and Live Oak Lane were used to make purchases. A vehicle taken from Borrowed Bucks has not been located.

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