New Haven police are warning residents as they search for the people responsible for stealing doors off Jeep Wranglers in the Elm City.
Investigators said there have been four reported thefts. But, police said the thefts “have not been specific to any one particular neighborhood.”
The doors on Jeep Wranglers are easy to remove, but police said this feature makes them targets for thieves. Police said they're concerned that this might become a trend.
“A crafty door-desperado can snag em in less than two minutes,” said Officer David B. Hartman, who is the media liaison and public information officer for the New Haven Police Department.
Hartman said “simply locking the door makes stealing them much more difficult” and could save thousands of dollar. Each door is worth $1,000, according to police.
“Victims are not likely to admit leaving property unsecured, but we think most or all of the thefts were of unlocked doors,” Hartman said.
Police are advising owners of Jeep Wranglers to not only lock their doors, but to also consider purchasing an anti-theft device. They cost about $30.
The incident remains under investigation. Police are checking with pawn, scrap metal and parts businesses for any leads. No arrests have been made in the door thefts.
Paquita Vega lives in New Haven and owns a jeep. He said he has an alarm and makes sure to park his vehicle in a driveway.
"I think they're messed up," Vega said. "I wouldn't want to come out and find no doors."
Anyone with any information is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6316 or the tipline at 1-866-888-TIPS(8477). People can also Text "NHPD plus their message to 274637.
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