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Rash of car break-ins in Westchester

May 6, 2009 3:43:38 PM PDT
Police are advising some residents in Westchester to lock their cars after a string of late-night thefts from unlocked vehicles. Authorities say there have been five or six incidents a week over the past three weeks.

Resident Sarah MacInnes says she was cleaned out after she left her car unlocked in her driveway several weeks ago. In the middle of the night, someone hopped in and rifled through her belongings.

And MacInnes isn't alone. Over the last couple of months, state police say there have been at least two dozen similar incidents in Somers, North Salem and Lewisboro. The break-ins take place overnight and are all strikingly similar. The thief or thieves seek out cars parked at houses with short driveways. Then they check to see if the vehicle is unlocked.

GPS devices and other electronics, as well as cash, have been reported stolen. No one has been hurt, and no vehicles have been damaged. But for residents in the affluent, low-crime community, any type of crime wave comes as a surprise.

And while many admit to leaving their cars unlocked overnight, that could soon be changing.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


NEW YORK AND TRI-STATE AREA NEWS

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