Unlocked cars are easy targets
JAMES CITY, May 09, 2012 (Menafn - The Virginia Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --A rash of thefts from 12 cars could have been prevented.
It's an eerie reprise of Summer 2009 when thieves took advantage of 17 unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods in the Monticello Avenue corridor.
"People should lock and secure their vehicles, and keep any items of value out of sight," cautioned Maj. Stephen Rubino with the James City Police.
He said the latest string of incidents occurred overnight May 2-3. Most of the thefts were in the Villages at Westminster, near Premium Outlets.
All the cars were unlocked. Rubino said, "Some vehicles had items strewn about, but nothing taken. Others had items stolen."
Among the items taken were a golf bag with clubs, assorted fishing gear, a TV set, laptop computer, and miscellaneous personal items. Rubino said a .45 caliber pistol and a box of ammunition were also snatched.
Two outlying incidents are believed to be connected to the rest.
A theft from a car on King Henry Way bears similarities to the Villages at Westminster. Rubino said there was also a theft from a shed in Villages at Westminster on the same night. A Troy-Bilt gas trimmer and a Black & Decker mower vacuum were stolen.
Know something? Anyone with information on these crimes or others is encouraged to call Crime Line at 888 LOCK-U-UP.
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