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Lynchburg Police see spike in thefts from unlocked cars

A line of cars along a Lynchburg street (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Lynchburg Police said they've seen an increase in larcenies from cars in the Rivermont area.

According to police, all the cars involved were unlocked and on Rivermont Avenue, Norfolk Avenue and Quinlan Street.

"This is not the first time this has happened," Allen Miller who lives on Quinlan Avenue said. "This happened several times in this area."

Several people on his street got their cars broken into; his included.

Within the past two weeks, the Lynchburg Police Department said there have been a total of 24 car break-ins in that area. Last month, there were more than 40.

Police say this is a good reminder to lock your cars, as it is one of the top deterrent for thieves.

"They just made a mess," Gregg Adams

Adams had his car broken into over the weekend.

"I don't know what they were looking for," he said.

Adams said he was getting ready to leave for church Sunday morning and noticed his car doors were open slightly.

"I looked out and there's paperwork laying on the floor and the glove compartment is wide open and I said somebody rifled through the car," Adams said. "And the car was unlocked because I can't lock my car door because I've got problems with my car."

He said nothing of value was taken. Miller is his neighbor and he forgot to lock his car door the night before the break-ins occured. He said he usually locks his cars at night.

"In my case they did not take the registration to my car or anything else just took loose change; there's nothing else in my car," Miller said.

Lynchburg Police say they have noticed money, electronics and other valuables taken out of the unlocked cars during the string of break-ins.

"We have groups or people that go through and all they are is trying door handles," Sergeant Gary Fink said. "If your doors are locked there's a 99.9% chance that they're not going to get in it and there just going around checking door handles."

Sergeant Fink said they are investigating the break-ins and do have a few suspects.

"I'm sorry that the police have to spend their time fooling with things like this," Miller said. "I'm sorry if it's kids looking for something to do I'm sorry they don't have something more constructive to do. I'd like to help them find something."

This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.

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