Burglaries of unlocked vehicles are not uncommon in North Phoenix neighborhoods, but Phoenix Police announced a recent rash of the thefts.
“Over the weekend and last night, they’ve hit areas including 3500-4001 East Pinnacle Peak Road, 2300-2600 West Carefree Highway, and the Desert Ridge and Tramonto neighborhoods,” the department said in a statement today.
“They’re prowling neighborhoods and trying vehicle door handles on cars parked outside,” the agency said. “Unfortunately, many are found unlocked with valuables left inside.”
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Among the most common safety suggestion from local law enforcement has long been this: Don’t leave valuables in your care, even for a few minutes, and never leave your vehicle unlocked.
Multiple individuals working together, using more than one getaway vehicle, are suspected in this latest spree. Police have a photo of one suspect and a description of one vehicle.
Suspect: White male, thin, approximately 6′ tall, and 20 to 30 years of age.
Vehicle: Newer model light colored SUV with a sunroof. Please see the attached pictures.
Anyone with information on the subjects or the vehicle is to contact Crime Stop at 602-262-6151, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or for Spanish, 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446).
Cash rewards for tips on this and other so-called #PorchPirate crimes (which include thefts of packages left by delivery services) are offered by SilentWitness.
“The safety and security of our neighborhoods is a shared responsibility,” Phoenix Policesaid in today’s statement. “We promise to do what we can to catch them. Please do your part and help remove opportunity by locking up vehicles, taking your garage door opener in with you, and keeping packages inside and out of sight.”