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Crime Trackers: Vehicle break-ins double in August

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A spike in vehicle break-ins on the Northwest Side of Tucson prompts a meeting with three law enforcement agencies – Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Oro Valley Police Department and Marana Police Department.

Pictures from home surveillance cameras caught two men breaking into vehicles. One was on a bike, and the other was on foot. PCSD detectives said they need your help to identify them.

Det. Geoffrey Barber works with the Arson Auto theft unit. 

"During the month of August, we have seen an increase to approximately 105 break-ins over the month," he said.

That is a 50 percent increase over the month before.

"The majority of these break-ins occurred in vehicles that were unlocked," he said.

Richard Romero lives in the area where some of the break-ins occurred. He walks his dogs, Cody and Tinker, daily.    

He said they have been having a crime problem in the neighborhood however, "if you can't lock your car, then it's up to you. It's on you, I mean you make yourself a target."

According to Barber, the break-ins are occurring along River Road to Thornydale Road, and as far as Linda Vista. Some of them occur in gated communities. He said the thieves are primarily looking for unlocked vehicles. Many of them have valuables in plain sight.

"A lot of the reports have wallets, cell phones, iPads, described as being left on the center console or on a seat," said Barber.

Followed by, hours of frustration; "Individuals are finding they have to cancel their credit cards, notify their banks it also leads to a lot of follow up for us tracking down possible locations where these credit cards were used, a lot of man hours are put into this as well."

Romero said avoid being a victim by locking your doors, be aware of who is in your neighborhood, and keep an eye out for your neighbor.

As for the suspects, he said, "somebody is going to notice you and they're going to see you and you will be caught."

Apparently these suspects may also be hitting communities in Oro Valley and Marana.

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