DeWitt car crimes rising

In the past few weeks, there have been a series of larcenies in the town of DeWitt. Unlocked cars are the prime targets.

As of Oct. 12, roughly 20 automobiles were entered and rifled through, said Lieutenant David Newman, road patrol commander for the DeWitt Police Department, noting coins and lesser valuable items among the properties reported missing.

Of greater value, however, are the actual vehicles that were stolen -- five total, three in one night, Newman said. Although one of the cars was located in the city of Syracuse, police have not yet identified anyone with the theft.

The incidents are occurring overnight in residential areas that include Westminster Road, Claret Circle, Jamesville Road (around Stonecrest, Pebble Hill, Hamilton Parkway, Addison Drive) and the Drumlins/Nottingham Road area.

The public is being asked to lock their cars and remove their portable garage door openers at night. As well, any additional house keys left in compartments, above visors, under seats, etc. should be brought inside.

"We implore people to call if they hear or see anything," Newman said, especially if they notice any unusual activity, he added.

Anyone with information regarding vehicle thefts can call the DeWitt Police at 449-3640. Calls can also be made anonymously to a confidential TIPS line at 446-6262 or sent via email to tips@townofdewitt.com.

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