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Police: Thefts are on the rise

11 car break-ins hace happened in Loomis since November
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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“Lock your car doors.” That’s Loomis homeowner Dave Albright’s advice. Albright and one other Sherwood Court neighbor said they have been the victims of car break-ins, resulting in the loss of electronic equipment. “We live in quiet little Loomis and nothing ever happens here,” Albright said. He got home late on Dec. 1, he said, and didn’t lock either of his family’s two vehicles. He discovered the break-ins early the next morning. “We got very lucky,” he said. “They took a small amount of cash we had sitting in the center console. They took a portable DVD player … left a lot of other stuff.” He was also surprised that a camera sitting on the console had been moved to get to the cash but left behind. Albright estimates his loss to be between $150 and $200. Albright said he doesn’t do it, but is amazed at how many people leave the keys in the car. And, that DVD player that was stolen? “Good news is the player was partially broken. I hope it frustrates the heck out of them,” he said. That same night, Laura Chamber said, she lost a GPS unit, taken from an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway. A second unlocked vehicle at the Chambers home was also entered but nothing appeared to have been taken. Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said the loss for both families could have been worse and that thieves are getting more brazen. “We are experiencing a lot of car and residential burglaries,” Erwin said. She said the Sheriff’s Department Crime Analysis unit reports 11 thefts from vehicles in Loomis since the beginning of November. Of those 11, eights vehicles were unlocked. “They are primarily taking GPS units, cash and DVD’s. In three cases, attempts were made to use stolen bank or credit cards,” Erwin said. “Sometimes they (thefts) occur in the street,” she said, “but are now getting up near the homes.” Motion sensors, to scare potential thieves away, are helpful, she said. “As the holidays approach,” Erwin said, “it’s time to be even more diligent to be lock your cars and your homes.” While she understand that people have never locked their cars before, and it’s easy to get complacent, “you just can’t do that these days,” she said. “Even if we don’t know what’s causing it, we have to protect ourselves.”