Lincoln Police Investigating 85 Thefts From Unlocked Cars In 30 Days

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Lincoln Police have been bombarded with dozens of thefts from unlocked cars in the past month and Police believe most of them are related.

Most neighborhoods in Northwest Lincoln look very welcoming. That may be why criminals are targeting this part of town.

"In the last 30 days, there have been 85 reported larceny from autos," said Officer Erin Spilker of the Lincoln Police Department.

It's a number much higher than Police are used to seeing. Besides the same part of the city, almost all of these cases have one thing in common.

"Doors being unlocked on vehicles," said Spilker. "People are just going around checking cars that have their doors unlocked and taking items out of it."

Very few of the vehicles were damaged. The damage area include Airpark and the area northwest of Cornhusker and 27th Street. Police believe most of them are related.

"In general, we don't have a suspect that breaks into one car and that's it. They're usually walking down the street, they're checking every car around and collecting what they can," said Spilker.

Police say when items are left out in the open, they become more of a target, and an unlocked door can make the crime even easier.

"Someone's able to get in and out of the vehicle and continue walking and someone might not even notice that they were even in the vehicle," said Spilker.

Police warn this crime is not going away anytime soon. And plan to be a victim if you're guilty of not locking your car door.

"You leave your car unlocked and you have something inside, eventually someone's going to take what you leave in your car," said Spilker.

If you know anything about any of these cases, call Crimestoppers at 475-3600.

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