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Yellow Springs police look into stolen vehicles

Two vehicles were stolen last week from residences in the northeast quandrant of the village, and about 10 more were entered or burglarized in the same general area. Yellow Springs police received the dozen reports from villagers over a two-day period on Feb. 13 and 14. Officers are investigating some leads and did not say if they had any suspects yet.

“It’s still under investigation, and we’re trying to look into some of the leads that we have,” Police Chief Anthony Pettiford said this week. “Hopefully it will result in something.”

According to police records, on Thursday morning, Feb. 13, a Kingsfield Court resident awoke to find that her car, along with the purse and car keys she kept inside of it, was missing from her locked garage. The vehicle was a 2011 blue GMC Terrain. There was no sign of forced entry into the garage.

Sometime the same night, a Chevrolet pickup truck parked in the driveway of an Omar Circle residence was also taken. Police believe the vehicle was unlocked, and that both vehicles were driven away by a suspect or suspects.

Police continued to receive calls throughout the following two days from residents whose vehicles were either unlawfully entered or ransacked and burglarized. A West Center College Street resident, for instance, reported that her unlocked vehicle had been vandalized. The glove box was damaged, and the stereo faceplate was missing. A West Whiteman Street resident reported that both vehicles parked in front of his house had been vandalized as well.

Police took 10 reports from residents in the same general area of the village whose vehicles were entered, though they could not yet determine whether the incidents occurred the same night or over two nights, Pettiford said.

Police issued a notice to villagers last week urging villagers to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock and secure car doors. Any information about the recent break-ins may be directed to the Yellow Springs Police Department at 767-7206.

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