While every shift of the Fremont Police Department keeps busy, officers patrolling Saturday likely weren’t expecting to have much of their morning and early afternoon monopolized by responding to instances of cars being broken into.
From 6 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., two officers with the department responded to five complaints of Fremont residents having their vehicles broken into and valuables being taken, Lt. Ed Watts said Monday afternoon during an interview with the Tribune.
At 6 a.m., an officer responded to the 1700 block of North Hancock Street in regard to $150 of personal items being taken from an unlocked vehicle. At 8:45 a.m., police responded to the 1500 block of North Hancock Street after $180 in personal items was taken from an unlocked vehicle.
At 9:30 a.m, police responded to the 1300 block of East 19th Street in regard to an unknown person or persons breaking into a locked parked vehicle and taking $65 worth of personal items. Twenty minutes later, police responded to the 1300 block of East 19th Street in regard to somebody breaking into a locked parked vehicle, resulting in $200 worth of damage to the vehicle and $245 of personal items being taken.
Lastly, at 12:30 p.m., law enforcement was dispatched to the 300 block of East 17th Street in reference to two vehicles being broken into at the same residence. Eighty dollars comprised of small bills and loose change was taken, Watts said.
“We think that it’s likely that the same person or persons committed these offenses,” Watts said. “Just because it was all the same type of random personal stuff taken, several thefts happened in the same areas and it all took place on Saturday around the same time; so that would make sense.”
As always, police encouraged people to be diligent in terms of removing valuable items from vehicles and locking doors at all times when the vehicle is unattended.
“We encourage people to lock doors to vehicles if they are parked on a side street or in a driveway,” Watts said. “We encourage people to remove all items from their cars, especially high-dollar items and items related to work. And if you do leave items in your car, don’t leave them in plain sight where somebody might be tempted to break in.”
Watts added that there are no known suspects at this time. Anybody with any information regarding these crimes is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 402-727-4002. Tipsters can remain anonymous.