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The following crimes were reported last week in West Ranch (Zone 3) as compiled by Deputy Kevin Duxbury for the week of 03/26/18 – 04/01/18:  

 

03/29/18
Burglary (Vehicle):  25900 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the driver’s side window of the vehicle and ransacked its interior.  Nothing was taken.  A witness stated he saw two male adults near the vehicle prior to the incident.  Total cost in damages was $400.00.
 
03/28/18
Robbery:  27500 The Old Road
The suspect was involved in a verbal argument with the victim when he forcibly took her cell phone from her.  He then drove away from the location in an unknown vehicle with the victim’s cell phone, as well as her debit/credit card and laptop computer which were still in the vehicle.
 
03/27/18
Petty Theft:  25200 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown stole a package containing a 250 round count box of Remington 9MM ammunition.  Total loss was $216.00.
 
Burglary (Vehicle):  24300 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the rear window of the victim’s vehicle and stole a gym bag containing a watch, two debit/credit cards, Mexico ID card, and $30.00 in U.S. currency.  The victim left the bag in her unattended vehicle while hiking on the trails.  Total loss including damages was $580.00.
 
Burglary (Vehicle):  25300 Chiquella Lane
Person(s) unknown smashed the driver’s side window of the victim’s vehicle and stole his backpack containing his wallet, three iPhones, credit/debit cards, MC driver’s license, and various clothing items.  Total loss including damages was $1,680.00.
 
Burglary (Vehicle):  25200 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the driver’s side window of the victim’s vehicle and stole this travel bag containing his ‘Apple’ laptop computer, memory stick, and passport.  Total loss including damages was $2,580.00.
 
03/26/18
Petty Theft (Shoplifting):  24900 Pico Canyon Road
Two male juvies took a wallet and four ‘power bank’ chargers from the display, place them in their pockets, and exit the store.  No attempt to detain the subjects.  No arrests have been made.  Total loss was $50.00.
 
Burglary (Vehicle):  25289 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the front passenger window of the victim’s vehicle and stole her backpack containing a designer wallet, gold earrings, and her debit/credit cards.  Total loss including damages was $1,290.00. 

 

 
Tip of the week: Avoiding Vehicle Burglaries
Most criminals who are looking to steal items from a vehicle are looking for the easy targets.  Most commonly known as a ‘smash and grab’, the burglars are looking for high value items that are in plain sight which can be easily and quickly taken after finding an unlocked door or smashing a window.  Imagine the costs and inconvenience of not only having to replace a smashed window, but also having to replace your driver’s license, credit/debit cards, laptop, cell phone, etc.  Here are some great tips to help prevent being a victim of a vehicle burglary.

  1. ALWAYS lock your vehicle when left unattended.
  2. Never leave your wallet or purse in your vehicle and in plain view when leaving your vehicle unattended.
  3. If you use a portable GPS, remove it from the dash or windshield and place it in your glovebox or trunk when leaving your vehicle unattended.
  4. Never leave any high value items (laptops, cell phones, jewelry, tools) inside your vehicle in plain view while unattended.  If you cannot carry those items with you, secure them in the trunk.
  5. Use a sunscreen in your windshield, even at night or when parked in a parking structure.  This makes it much harder for a burglar to look into your vehicle.
  6. Remember:  Vehicle burglars usually will not break into a vehicle with the intention of ‘searching’ it in hopes of finding something of value.  This takes too long and the burglar risks being seen.  If there is no easy opportunity that is readily available for a ‘smash and grab’ thief, they will more than likely pass your vehicle and look for a better target.