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Window-Smashing Robbers Continue to Target Vehicles in Parking Lots

VICTORVILLE:( It seems that with warmer weather more vehicle break-ins are being reported. Statistics show it takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and snatch personal belongings from the front seat.

The latest break-ins occurred on Friday, June 17th, 2016 in the parking lot of the of the In-Shape located at 14601 Valley Center Drive.

At about 7:30 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through the parking lot and stopping next to two vehicles. When deputies arrived they located two vehicles in the parking lot with broken windows.

Per scanner traffic, the vehicle was described as a white van with out-of-state plates occupied by 3 Black male adults. Deputies conducted an extensive search in the area for the suspect vehicle but came up negative.

Public Information Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez told Victor Valley News, “nothing of significant value was taken and the suspect has not been located.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Victorville Sheriff’s station at (760)241-2911.

Smash-and-grab practitioners aren’t exactly criminal masterminds. Many are just casual opportunists, grazing secluded parking areas without much of a plan or simply acting on impulse. They see, they smash, they grab. And then they slink or run away. So keep your valuables either with you or out of sight. Things not to leave lying on the seat, dash or floor:

  • Purses and wallets
  • Laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks
  • Shopping bags
  • Cell phones, MP3 players and other small electronics
  • Loose change and CDs
  • Keys

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