Vehicle burglaries spark warning from authorities

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After a rash of recent vehicle burglaries in Granite Bay so far this year, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be extra vigilant about locking their vehicles and not leaving belongings in their cars. According to authorities, 12 cars were burglarized in Granite Bay in January. Of those 12, six cars had been left unlocked, five cars had their windows smashed and one victim’s belongings were taken from the bed of a pickup truck. In most cases, purses, wallets and electronics were taken, police said. Some victims ended up additionally victimized by identity theft, police said, and some of the burglaries occurred while mothers left their cars for a few minutes to pick up their children at daycare centers and schools. In February, six more vehicles were broken into in Granite Bay, most through broken windows. The Sheriff’s office warns that placing valuables in the trunk or covering them with a towel are not effective deterrents. Vehicles should always be locked and belongings should not be left in the car, police said. Anyone with information about those responsible for the car burglaries is urged to contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 889-7800. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to arrests, call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191. ~ Staff report