GCPD investigating rash of auto burglaries

11/13/2012

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

Garden City police reported a rash of auto burglaries in the past two weeks, with 13 such incidents in the city.

"The majority of them have involved unlocked vehicles," Garden City Police Sgt. Michael Reagle said. "There have been a variety of items taken, with the most popular being electronics. They have also been taking anything left in the vehicles that has some type of value."

Reagle said thefts have occurred all over town, but most often during overnight hours.

The two most recent burglaries involving unlocked vehicles occurred between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. One occurred in the 1000 block of Labrador Boulevard, in which items valued at $140 were stolen. The other occurred in the 600 block of Wheatridge Road, with $300 worth of items taken.

There also have been burglaries of locked vehicles, but Reagle said it's unclear if those were related to burglaries involving unlocked vehicles.

The four most recent burglaries of locked vehicles occurred between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The first incident occurred between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 4:15 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of South Seventh Street, when someone forced entry into a locked vehicle and took CDs and electronic items valued at $110, and caused $150 in damage.

The second incident took place between 12:30 and 3 a.m. in the 300 block of East Santa Fe Avenue, when someone forced entry into the locked vehicle and took a wallet, resulting in a loss of $100 and damage of $150.

The third incident took place between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. in the 200 block of East Maple Street, when someone forced entry into the locked vehicle and took food and electronic items valued at $67, and caused $200 in damage.

The fourth incident took place between 2 and 2:59 a.m. in the 100 block of North 12th Street, when someone forced entry into the locked vehicle and took CDs valued at $300, and caused $150 in damage.

Prior auto burglaries since Oct. 27 have resulted in a total loss of $4,730 and total damage of $1,750.

Reagle said that GCPD currently has no leads and is uncertain whether the burglaries were committed by one or multiple suspects.

Reagle offered the following tips to the community:

* Lock your vehicle when you are away from it.¬ 

* Do not leave or store anything valuable inside your vehicle.¬ 

* Do not leaves tools or other valuable items in pickup beds.¬ 

* If you have to leave items in your vehicle, put them in your trunk, or at a very minimum, out of sight.¬ 

* Report suspicious activity or individuals in your neighborhood.¬  Don't rationalize the behavior; call the police and let them determine if anything illegal is occurring.

If anyone has any information about the auto burglaries, they are encouraged to call the Garden City Police Department at 276-1300.¬  If they wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 275-7807, or text GCTIP and their tip to 847411 (tip411).¬ 

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