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Thieves target parked cars in eastside neighborhood
by Gary Kent
Sep 29, 2011 | 1347 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thieves targeted five vehicles in an east Beeville neighborhood late Friday or early Saturday, leaving behind destruction and thefts.

Police Chief Joe Treviño said vehicle owners found their cars damaged in the 1000 block of East Randall Street, 1100 block of North Archer Street, 1400 block of Robin Lane and 1400 block of Mockingbird Lane.

The chief said all the victims discovered the damage when they went to their vehicles Saturday morning.

In some cases, the burglars successfully got into vehicles, usually after breaking windows, and ransacked them looking for valuables. But they did not successfully get into a couple of the vehicles.

Evidence collected at each scene suggested that the thieves used some type of prying tool to try to open windows.

Treviño said anyone who may know who was responsible for the crimes could be eligible for a reward if he or she contacts Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers and the tip leads to arrests.

The organization may be reached by calling 362-0206 or toll-free to (877) 362-0206.

Tips also may be e-mailed to bccs.crimestoppersweb.com. Witnesses remain anonymous.

“Most of the time vehicles are burglarized when the owner leaves something of value in plain site,” Treviño said.

“There are people out there who are opportunists and they will walk around looking into vehicles and they’ll take anything they see.”

At night, when residents are inside sleeping, the thieves will break windows to get to the valuables inside.

Treviño asked that residents investigate any strange noises, like crashing sounds made by vehicle glass breaking. Those incidents need to be reported to police quickly.

Also, suspicious-looking strangers seen in a neighborhood, especially anyone carrying a prying tool or something that could be used to break glass, should be reported immediately.

The sooner the witness reports a sighting, the better. Any delays in calling an officer gives the suspicious character more time to move on to another location.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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