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March 11, 2014

Vehicle burglars strike seven times

DUNCAN — A string of seven car burglaries  over the weekend has prompted Duncan police to urge residents to lock up their vehicles and take valuables inside at night.

Four car thefts were reported in Duncan on Sunday and three were reported Saturday, with over $1,000 worth of items and cash stolen from vehicles.

Sgt. of Investigation Donny Foraker said car thefts in the area are not a new problem, but they are still one that has to be faced.

“This isn’t the biggest stretch of burglaries we’ve had,” Foraker said. “It’s an ongoing issue.”

Though two of the burglaries took place in the same neighborhood, authorities are not sure the thefts are linked.

“We always have that assumption going in, but we’re trying to look at all possibilities in the cases right now,” Foraker said.

The burglaries began on Saturday morning when a thief stole $70 in cash along with a wallet worth $10, a driver’s license and debit card from an unlocked vehicle on North D Street.

That evening, a thief took off with an Apple Ipod  from a 2012 Dodge CHS on Drexal Place. The items stolen totalled $425. The car was unlocked at the time of the theft, reports said.

Six minutes later, another car burglary was reported down the street on Del Rey Circle. The case is still under investigation, and the report for the theft was unavailable at press time.

Det. John Byers gave a few tips for residents to avoid car thefts.

“Take all valuables inside and don’t leave anything in sight, even if it’s just a phone charger,” Byers added. “If a thief sees it, it would give him incentive to break in and see if the item the charger goes to is in the car as well.”

Byers said residents also should write down serial numbers of items they keep in their vehicles in case thieves try to sell them at pawn shops.

On Sunday,  a victim reported $125 cash and a pair of sunglasses missing from his unlocked car on Palm Drive. The theft took place  between midnight and 9 a.m.

The thefts continued  two hours later on  Fieldcrest Drive. Later, another car was burlarized  at N. 21 Street, where $300 was swiped.  The report said the vehicle was unlocked at the time of the theft.

Two hours later, a victim reported another car theft on Harville Road. The victim left his keys in his vehicle. The thief took off with the victim’s keys, a Swiss army knife worth $75 and a coin purse containing $10.

The victim said he plans to change the locks on his car in order to avoid future theft.

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