June 16, 2007
Police say this rash of car break-ins happened in very early this morning, a prime time for a thief in the night to target its prey. Police say the break-ins happened between Sunset Road and Sibling Avenue.
Some residents woke up this morning to find i-Pods and cash stolen from their cars.
These traveling bandits are also stealing bicycles and pedaling from one car to the next.
“If there is something they can see that they want, like an i-Pod, they'll just smash your window and take it," said Sgt. Mike Farruggio of the Charlottesville Police Department. "If your car is unlocked, they'll go through your car and ransack it, take whatever change you have or your stereo, whatever they can get.”
Tonight, police warn residents to avoid leaving anything valuable in cars overnight and to always keep your car locked.
As for the break-ins last night, police are still searching for fingerprints or other evidence that would point them in the direction of a culprit.