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Crime Trackers: Vehicle break-in at Northwest Medical Center

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It is a crime of opportunity. Thieves will strike anywhere to break into your vehicle, even if it is parked in a hospital parking lot.

Thieves target parking lots like the one at Northwest Medical Center because they know vehicles will be unattended for long periods of time.

A vehicle break-in occurred on March 10 at 7 p.m. Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to the hospital.

“When they arrived, they made contact with the owner of the vehicle who told the deputies they had left the vehicle for a large portion of the day,” said Deputy Ryan Inglett, a PCSD spokesman.

The victim told the deputies that personal items were taken, including her purse. She insisted the vehicle was locked, but there were no visible signs of forced entry.

Investigators said two individuals used the credit and bank cards that were inside the victims purse. They bought gas and other items from Walgreens and Circle K.

Deputy Inglett described one of the individuals as a white male that was about 5-feet-7-inches to 5-feet-8-inches-tall. He was said to weigh about 160 to 170 pounds and have brown hair. He was last seen wearing jeans and a red shirt.

The second suspect was described as 5-foot-6-inch-tall woman with light brown hair. She was said to weigh about 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, a dark colored shirt and dark colored pants.

Steve Utter, who was leaving the hospital parking lot, said, “it’s a piece of glass between them and your goods. So bad guys are everywhere.”

Utter and his wife, Sue, know first-hand how it feels to be the victims of a vehicle break-in.

“They just broke the glass. It was a Chevy, so it wasn't that good security-wise,  but they just broke the steering column. That was it," said Utter. "The car was gone and we never got it back.”

His wife has a message for the thieves.

“If you're smart enough to get out and about, and find out what cars that you can get into easily enough, you are smart enough to get a job," she said. "Actually work and get paid.”

So remember to keep your valuables out of sight and always lock your doors. 

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