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(Yi-Ke Peng/WOUB)
(Yi-Ke Peng/WOUB)

Nearly Three Dozen Car Break-Ins Reported in Athens

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The Athens Police Department is cautioning the public after nearly three dozen motor vehicles break-ins were reported within the city.

At least 32 reports of theft were taken by police on cash and change allegedly taken from both locked and unlocked vehicles, and some reports of property taken as well, according to a release by APD Chief Tom Pyle.

“It is suspected the perpetrators have a concealable method for entering locked vehicles without causing damage because several vehicles have been reported as being locked by no damage to the vehicle has occurred during the commission of the crime,” Pyle wrote in the release.

The release advised the public to remove “items of value” from vehicles when they are parked, and keep vehicles locked at all times. Pyle asked that the public notify the department as soon as it is discovered that a vehicle has been entered, and also call police “when you see anyone suspicious walking in your neighborhood both day and night.”

“Almost all of the crime we are able to solve for our community involves cooperation from our public, and to solve, or at least stop the spree of thefts, we will need community assistance and vigilance,” Pyle wrote.