NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Surveillance video shows kids trying to get into cars in a neighborhood near Opry Mils, but it’s who’s helping them that has victims infuriated.

If the video, you see kids pulling on door handles to see if the car is unlocked. You also see someone who looks like an adult helping them.

In at least one case, the group succeeds and they get away with something dangerous, even deadly.

Robert Vaughn’s Ring camera captures every movement in his yard, so when it caught kids pulling on his car door handles, he found out quickly.

“It’s a little alarming, actually, it’s a lot alarming,” said Vaughn.

If you look at the video, you will see what looks like an adult woman helping them.

Someone is also creeping along behind in an apparent get-away car.

“I feel sad for the kids, I feel sad that they are subjected to this. For the adult, the person presumably driving the car, they know better,” said Vaughn.

Vaughn said he’s not sure what makes him more upset – the person helping kids commit crimes or his neighbor who left their car unlocked.

He said the group got away with two guns and a laptop computer.

“I have no problem with people owning guns, and I think you should be able to do that, but you got to be responsible,” said Vaughn.

Vaughn is hoping to get his two messages heard loud and clear.

First, he said don’t give criminals easy access to guns.

“It’s just not cool. It’s just not what you want to see,” said Vaughn.

Secondly, he said, lock your car doors.

“If it doesn’t open, then they move on. It takes 10 seconds,” said Vaughn. “Something as simple as locking the door can prevent so much from happening.”

Metro Police said 465 guns have been stolen from inside cars in Nashville in 2019.

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009. Carley currently covers the crime beat around Middle Tennessee.

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