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Washington County residents warned not to keep valuables in vehicles

October 16, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- In light of a series of vehicle break-ins throughout the county, deputies are warning residents not to keep valuable items in vehicles.

A number of thefts from vehicles were reported Monday morning in Saint James Village, Northbrook Estates, Foxleigh Meadows and Maugansville. On Tuesday morning, nine thefts were reported in Walnut Point Heights and Elmwood Farms, Deputy Casey Barnes said in a news release. Several other vehicles were tampered with, Barnes said.

Thefts also were reported Tuesday in the Longmeadow Road area and in Williamsport, Lt. Mark Knight said.

"It's happening throughout the whole county," he said.

Some of the targeted vehicles were unlocked, but the burglars also have broken windows on locked cars, he said.

"They are taking anything that people leave out in the open," Knight said.

Satellite radios, iPods and GPS units are being taken, investigators said.

Knight recommended that people either lock their valuable electronics in a glove compartment or take them inside after parking their vehicles.

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Investigators aren't sure if one group or several groups throughout the county are targeting vehicles, Knight said.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

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