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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs police confirmed that someone broke into 15 cars in the Magic Springs parking lot on Saturday.

Police say some cars were unlocked, but others had their windows smashed.

"She's like 'Your windows broken. Somebody broke into your van' at first I thought she was kidding," said Rich Cadwalader, who drove with Terri Smith, and two others to the "Three Doors Down" concert at Magic Springs last weekend.

"We had fun, but going through a situation like that was very hectic," said Smith.

The suspect left behind plenty of broken glass, but stole two bags, one with clothes and toiletries, and the other was a purse left underneath a back seat.

"She had over $200. She just got paid, driver's license, birth certificate, her car keys, her house keys," said Smith.

Dana Whisenhunt with Magic Springs says more than 3,000 cars parked in their lot on Saturday.

"We have our own security staff that's here every day but it's out on full force Saturdays when we're expecting that size crowd," said Whisenhunt.

The park says on concert nights, customers usually fill the back lots, which are not lit.

"We rented even more portable lights to put out," said Whisenhunt.

Although, Cadwalader and Smith say it was a different story.

"There's flood lights, but they did not have them on," said Smith.

The park says an event this big becomes a target for crime.

"People who are so determined to do this to other people are going to go where the crowds are," said Whisenhunt.

These concert goers though are pushing for better safety at a big venue like this.

"Whoever was victimized should at least get a refund," said Cadwalader.

"Nobody [has] seen anything or heard all these alarms going off. It's just kind of suspicious," said Smith.

Hot Springs police are still looking for a suspect.

Magic Springs Park encourages victims of the weekend's break-ins to call their guest relations. They remedy customers on a one-on-one basis.


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