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Police Investigating String of Overnight Car Burglaries

Southington police said Saturday that a rash of burglaries occurred overnight at two separate apartment complexes.

At least eight cars were broken into and items including GPS systems and radios stolen during a string of car burglaries overnight at apartment complexes on Old Turnpike Road and along Canal Street in Southington.

Southington police said Saturday that the break ins occurred sometime during the early morning hours. Several cars had their windows smashed in and the items taken from the vehicle, dispatchers said.

Police did not say whether there were any suspects in the case.

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NBC Connecticut is reporting that several of the break ins, including ones at the Seagate apartment complex, were committed using a crow bar. Pictures they provided on Saturday showed damage to several cars.

Dispatchers with the Southington Police Department were unable to confirm the reports.

It is believed that the vehicles targeted in the case had items that were visible to the burglars. Residents throughout the area are encouraged to lock their cars and remove any objects of value overnight.

Southington Police Lt. Lowell DePalma said late last year that in most cases, burglaries occur when cars are left unlocked.

“What we are seeing is people ‘testing’ the doors to see if they are unlocked and going in to see what they can find,” DePalma said. “They are not breaking windows and in many cases, they are simply checking the doors as they walk by, especially late at night.”

Anyone with information or who may have had items stolen is encouraged to contact the Southington Police Department at (860) 621-0101.

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Kenny D September 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM
It never ceases to amaze me how people never lock their homes and vehicles, even when they are using them, despite these kinds of reports. How dumb is that? Do yourselves a favor and lock up, especially at this time of the year when the Town invites thousands of visitors into its home.
Southington Resident October 02, 2012 at 09:17 PM
How about when they smash your window with a crowbar, it doesnt matter if you lock your doors or not Kenny.

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