Norwich police warn of vehicle thefts - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Norwich police warn of vehicle thefts

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Homeowners urged to lock car and garage doors (WFSB) Homeowners urged to lock car and garage doors (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Homeowners in Norwich are on alert for a suspect who police believe is breaking into unlocked vehicles and garages.

Norwich police are intensifying their presence in the city after a rash of two dozen break-ins into unlocked vehicles and garages.

Investigators believe the suspect is responsible for taking money and other valuables from unsuspecting homeowners, like Bill Hernandez.

"Every single house on the street! You'd think someone would have been up, someone would have noticed,” Hernandez said.

Norwich Police Capt. Chris Ferace said the burglars are bold.

"Certainly it's a crime of opportunity. In this case the perpetrator is going into motor vehicles and garages that he can find opened and unsecured, that he could enter and gain in this case exclusively currency because there was valuable property that was not taken,” Ferace said.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area, especially between midnight and 3 a.m.

The only reason homeowners knew someone had paid a visit is that car and garage doors would be left ajar.

"We have motion sensor lights and had to go through the porch to get into the garage,” Hernandez said.

Norwich police advise homeowners to lock up their vehicles and garages and keep valuables out of sight.

If you see anything, call police.

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