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Rash Of Vehicle Break-ins In Mitchell

Last updated on Thursday, September 13, 2012

(MITCHELL) - Mitchell Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins.

According to Police Chief Mike Hardman, several vehicle have been ransacked and items taken.

"They are taking things like tools, loose change and prescription drugs," Hardman says.

Residents began calling early Wednesday morning.

A vehicle was broke into in the 900 block of Tulip Street.

A set of jumper cables, change and two pendants from a broken necklace were taken.

The thief or thieves then hit a vehicle parked in the 300 block of West Vine Street there they took medication and an old food stamp card.

A resident in the 600 block of West Frank Street report someone broke into their vehicle taking a broken multi-tool, But the resident's main complaint was whoever broke into the vehicle destroyed the inside.

"They are ransacking the vehicles looking for stuff and just throwing items everywhere," Hardman says. "They also are damaging the vehicle, by attempting to pry open locked consoles and glove boxes."

A vehicle parked in the 200 block of South Sixth Street was also hit.

Nothing was taken, but the vehicle was ransacked and things were thrown everywhere, Hardman says.

Anyone with information about the crimes are asked to call police.

Craid has tips for keeping your property safe:

1) Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle and leave nothing visible that might tempt a thief. Even power cords or adapters for electronic devices left visible can make someone believe there are items of value inside.

2) Always lock your vehicle when unattended, keep windows rolled up and close the sunroof.

3) Park in areas with adequate lighting, if possible, or park in a driveway or garage.

4) Place items in the trunk if you must store something of value in your vehicle.

5) Record serial numbers for electronics or other items in the event you are a crime victim and need to make a police report.

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