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Last week saw a rash of thefts from cars, virtually in all areas of town, police say.
Shelbyville Police Officer Istvan Kovacs said that all except one car was unlocked, and he is not certain about that one.
On May 15, between 4-11 p.m. someone took a Garmon GPS from a car in the 900 block of Magnolia Avenue. The GPS was valued at more than $100.
Also on that date, between midnight and 8 a.m. someone took a stereo valued at $150 from an unlocked car at Lynn Acres.
During that same time period, someone entered a vehicle in the 1200 block of Shepherd Way and took a video/DVD/CD player valued at $400.
Perpetrators cut the wires, removed the faceplate and removed the stereo. The faceplate was left behind on the seat.
Also on Shepherd Way, a black Coach purse was stolen from a different vehicle. The purse was recovered from a yard several houses away. A lime green iPod Nano, valued at $200, was the only thing taken from the purse.
Also between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m., two people had their wallets stolen from their vehicles, one on North Country Drive and one on Weissinger Court.
The wallet from North Country was missing $25 cash, I.D. and credit cards. The resident on Weissinger Court found the above-mentioned wallet while searching or his own wallet. His wallet contained $40 cash, I.D. and credit cards, and it has not been recovered.
Kovacs expressed surprise at this incident, because Weissinger and North Country are at opposite ends of the city.
Also on May 15, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Doral Court. The purse had nothing of value in it and was found in the bed of a pickup truck on North Country Drive and returned to the owner.
Also on May 15, in the 500th block of Creekside Drive, a wallet containing I.D., credit cards and an AAA card was stolen from a vehicle, as well as an AT&T cell phone, valued at $110.
On May 14, someone used a hammer to break out a car window in the 1300 block of St. Andrews Dr. and removed a black-and-brown Vera Bradley computer bag containing only personal items.
The hammer, which did not belong to the owner, was left at the scene. The damage to the vehicle was more than $250.
On May 5, between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m., someone stole the tailgate from a 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck, which had been wrecked and was awaiting repairs in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Henry Clay Street. The tailgate was valued at $700.
"We have several wallets and purses left in vehicles
as we continue to stress to people not to leave valuables in their vehicles," Kovacs said. "Ironically, most of the wallets and purses contained little of value. The problem is that the wallet and purse usually contain valuables.
If left in view in a locked or unlocked car it will attract thieves.
"The GPS is one of the most popular items for thefts from autos.
Hiding them in the car will not prevent theft. Thieves know they are in the
console, glove box, and under the seat. Valuables must be removed
from vehicles," he said.
Anyone with information relating to these incidents, no matter how small, is encouraged to call. Crimes are usually solved by insignificant details. You can remain anonymous and still receive a cash reward up to $1,000. Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 633-4500.