Car break-ins have police urging residents not to leave valuables inside

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Two overnight burglaries from parked cars were reported last month by residents of Hunter Oaks Lane. According to Dena Erwin, Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman, between 2 and 7 a.m. Jan. 13 someone broke the street-side windows of a truck and a car that were parked on the street and took miscellaneous property from the vehicles. A duffel bag containing basketballs and other equipment was taken from the truck, and a toolbox was stolen from the car. Erwin said even though both vehicles were locked, it’s still not a good idea to store valuables in vehicles. “We’ve been preaching to lock cars. We’re also telling people not to leave items at all. Just because it’s not visible doesn’t mean they won’t try to break in,” she said. According to Erwin, the Sheriff’s Department Crime Analysis unit reports six thefts or burglaries from vehicles in Loomis from Dec. 21, 2010 to Jan. 24. There were no stolen vehicles and no catalytic converters stolen. During the same period, there were six residential burglaries.