‘Thefts of opportunity’ lead to warning by chief

Police Chief Thomas Harris is warning Rockdale residents to secure any items routinely left out in yards, on porches or inside carports after a rash of thefts during the past week.

“I’d call them thefts of opportunity,” he said. “It’s not people who set out to steal something in particular. They just drive around and if they see something they stop and haul it off.”

Harris said the thefts, so far, have included a tiller, air compressor, lawn mowers and a toolbox.

“They’re not restricted to any one part of Rockdale, either,” Harris said. “We’ve had more than one incident reported on the highway (Cameron Avenue) and also on Ackerman and Rockdale Road.”

Har r is said t here was an unsuccessful theft attempt on Bell Avenue.

“Someone tried to steal a barbecue pit but it was too heavy, so they just dumped it in the middle of the street and took off,” he said.

Harris said he suspects drug users might be behind the rash of thefts.

“That’s my guess, people wanting quick money, see the opportunity and just go for it,” he said. “The best way to stop all this is to secure your items, keep them out of sight”

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