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Crime Trackers: Marana seeing uptick in stolen credit cards, guns

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MARANA- It's a growing trend. Crime analysts at the Marana Police Department are finding thieves changing the way they steal credit cards. They're also seeing an uptick in guns being stolen out of vehicles.

“The majority of calls that we respond to involving break-ins of cars that were never broken into," Marana Police Sergeant Chris Warren said.  "The cars were left unlocked.”

Sgt.Warren said the parking lot at LA Fitness is one of those areas where they are seeing an increase . 

“All they're doing is looking for cars that are unlocked and those are the cars they are going through and stealing items from.”

But Sgt. Warren said the game changer is that rather than stealing purses and wallets, the thieves are stealing one credit card and leaving the purses and wallets.

That's what happened to one victim who detectives said left his wallet in the center console as he worked out.  The victim was unaware the card was even gone until a man seen on surveillance camera spent more than $400 on an electronic item at a Target store. He was contacted by his bank.

The thief has yet to be identified.

“Obviously it's not reported right away and the thief has time to be able to go out and use it, spend and sometimes has several weeks to go out and use that card.”

Laura Stickels works out at LA Fitness in Marana where the theft took place.

“It's very unfortunate and kind of scary," said Stickels.  "It's generally a nice area around here and you don't expect that.”

Another thing you don't expect are people leaving guns in their unlocked vehicles.  

“We've had numerous reports of handguns being stolen from cars again, a lot of them were left unlocked parked in front of houses.”

Sgt. Warren added when people steal a gun, there's never a good intent. 

“You never know is that gun going to be used in a crime, is going to turn up somewhere, where it shouldn't or is that gun going to used to harm somebody.”

Marana Police urge you to remember to lock your doors, take your valuables with you, and also make it a habit to check your credit card statement on a regular basis.

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