Lock cars; keep an eye out!
Rockdale police are warning the public to lock their cars and keep an eye out for suspicious night-time activity after a rash of auto burglaries early this week.
“We started out with three over the weekend and then we had four more reported overnight Monday,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said.
“All of the Monday vehicle burglaries were in the area of Francine and Miller Streets,” Newlin said.
“These are all ‘crimes of opportunity’,” Newlin said. “We think these are young people—and by young I don’t necessarily mean children—who aren’t looking to take anything in particular, just out to steal whatever they can find in unlocked vehicles,” he said.
“They’ve gotten items as valuable as gold jewelry and a GPS system,” Newlin said. “They also just take change out of those change slots in cars.”
Newlin believes the thieves “roam the streets at night in dark clothing, trying the handles of vehicles parked in driveways and on the streets.”
“They probably just duck behind a car or a tree when they see any vehicle coming down the street,” he said. “If anyone sees anything suspicious in your neighborhood please give us a call at 512-446- 3436.”