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July 10, 2014

Popular summer crime

Athens — Burglaries continue to be one of the most reported offenses at the Athens Police Department as thieves hit various parts of the city for a quick payoff.

On Tuesday night, a resident in the 500 block of Colonial Drive called APD concerning a burglary at his residence. Officer Michael Reynolds responded to the complaint shortly after 9 p.m., and was told by the resident that unknown persons had been stealing lights from his front yard.  At times, the individuals also rang the doorbell and ran.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., Reynolds responded to a call that a window was broken out on the back door of a Ford Escape in the 900 block of Corsicana Street. Earlier, at about 2 p.m., a caller from the 1100 block of Lonnie Drive informed APD that someone had broken into her parked vehicle. Officer C.Wesley Hoover took a report from the complainant who said the thieves removed about $400 from her purse.

Monday calls included a report in the 1500 block of East Tyler Street of a burglary of a vehicle parked at a business. Hoover reported that a video was captured of the incident in which a radio was removed from the vehicle.

A Monday call from an employee at Elder Dodge in the 1700 block of East Tyler Street also told police of a burglary of a vehicle. The complainant said a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup was parked on the back lot of the dealership where it was being repaired when the break-in occurred. The cases have been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Divison.

July is watch your car month, according to the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority. More burglaries occur during the summer month at places convenient for the thieves. 

The Authority advises drivers that thieves like to strike in locations where owners are separated  from their vehicles for long periods of time. Those include homes, malls, gyms, movie theaters, hotels, churches and many others.

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