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Neighborhood Crime Alert
It was so easy for the thieves in the Anderson Township neighborhood of Federal Hills. One night in July, 20 cars were rummaged through, one stolen, one garage broken into and a home invaded. In every case a door was unlocked.Hamilton County Sheriff's Corporal Dave Boiman says they got away with computers, garage door openers, credit cards, purses, electronics and power tools." Boiman believes the car, taken because the key was left inside, was used to transport the stolen property to another location, because it was later found abandoned.
Ginny Verdin says she's a mom who keeps getting in and out of her car so she leaves the door open. She also leaves the door to her house unlocked, at least she used to. Verdin now says: "This has frightened me, 20 cars, someone going in the back gate of a home to get in the garage and into a house, it makes me nervous. I'm locking up my car and my house."
Investigators believe there is a link between what happened in Anderson Township and what happened in Sycamore Township a week later. Two cars were stolen from a condo neighborhood. Again, the thieves walked in an unlocked garage door, opened it, then drove off in two unlocked cars with keys left inside. Theft victim Eugene Wood says now residents watch for stranger vehicles and write down the license plates. His car and the other stolen car were found in the city. Police say stolen cars are often rented out as so called " crack taxis." The thieves have not been caught.
Police say they are targeting the suburbs where people feel safe. They sometimes have to learn the hard way, thieves will find them and take what they have, if they let them.