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Series of car break-ins Wednesday, Thursday in city

Jul 21, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

All of the incidents involved unlocked vehicles, according to police.

Riverton police are warning local residents to secure their property after several vehicles were rifled through overnight Wednesday to Thursday in the city.

All of the incidents involved unlocked vehicles, according to reports.

"If (the suspects) could find one unlocked, they went through them," Riverton Police Department Lt. Wes Romero said Thursday.

"(People) just need to start locking doors,"

Nothing was taken from most of the vehicles, Romero noted, though some money was removed in one of the incidents.

The reports are reminiscent of a similar series of car break-ins last summer. The perpetrators appeared to move quickly if they found an open vehicle, with no attempt to actually break into a locked car.

The first issue this week was reported at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of East Jefferson Avenue; Romero said nothing was missing from that vehicle.

The same was true for two vehicles discovered at about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of South Sixth Street East.

Romero said by that point a patrol officer had begun searching the area for additional incidents.

"Several of these were officer-initiated," he said. "(Officers were) driving around and observed doors open and dome lights on, so they checked it out and saw the glove box was open and papers were strewn around."

About $3 in change was reported missing at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday from a vehicle in the 400 block of East Madison Avenue.

At about 2:05 a.m. Thursday police said another vehicle had been "gone through," though nothing was missing, in the 200 block of East Adams Avenue.

A similar report was created at about 2:15 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of East Adams Avenue, where police said two vehicles on one property had been entered by an unknown subject; again, nothing was missing.

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