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Thieves hit 20 unlocked cars overnight


NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Police are urging residents of the city’s large Waterbury subdivision to be extra cautious and lock their vehicles after items were taken from more than 20 cars and trucks overnight Sunday.

Every vehicle that was entered by thieves was unlocked, according to Police Capt. Marti Garrow.

[pullquote]“We rarely make it a week without vehicles being broken into somewhere in the city, but we were hit pretty big this time,” Garrow said.[/pullquote]

This latest wave of thefts from vehicles has again led police to stress the importance of locking cars and trucks left outside overnight.

“These guys just walk down the street trying door handles and will enter every unlocked car they find,” Garrow said.

Police did not find any car or truck windows broken out or locks being jimmied.

“They take the path of least resistance,” Garrow said.

All of the vehicles were parked in residential driveways, and police are still determining what was taken from each vehicle.

“It’s generally all the same,” Garrow said. “Things like change, wallets, purses, and electronics like GPS units, iPods, iPhones and cell phones. It’s usually always stuff that is valuable and easy to pawn.”

Police said they have no suspects.

While a pair of men werer arrested and charged in connection with an overnight rash of thefts Tuesday from vehicles in the Chestnut Ridge Road-Halle Circle-Rachel Lane area, they are not suspected in the Waterbury thefts.

“They denied being involved in any of the Waterbury incidents, and so far we have no indication they were part of that,” Garrow said.

A woman posted a comment to the police department’s Facebook page indicating most similar thefts from vehicles occur in town between 2 and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but that’s not the case, according to police.

“We’ve had them on Mondays and Tuesdays and every other day of the week,” Garrow said. “Now that school is back in session and kids have a more structured lifestyle, you may see more of this on weekends.”

Police are asking residents to watch for any suspicious person, vehicle or activity in their particular neighborhood, and to report what they see by calling (440) 327-2191.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or

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