Car burglaries rise |

Car burglaries rise

In the past two weeks, Amy Kylberg has had two of her cars broken into on two separate occasions at two different locations in the Tahoe Donner area.

According to police logs, between July 23 and Aug. 6 there were four reported car break-ins where property was taken with a total valued loss of $700 to $1,200. There were two cars broken into with no property taken and two vehicles stolen outright. The two stolen vehicles were both recovered, although one was crashed and vandalized. The other was found on the eighth hole of the Tahoe Donner Golf course.

“They’re pranksters,” Kylberg said, adding that she believes that juveniles are responsible for the break-ins because of the types of items taken from the cars – CDs, cash, credit cards and cigarettes. Kylberg said one of her friends had a Christina Aguilera CD stolen but a Britney Spears CD was left behind.

Lt. David Baxley of the Nevada County Sheriff’s office said the recent car break-ins are “excessive in this short period of time,” but that car break-ins are not unusual for the Tahoe Donner area, especially just before and just after the school year.

Although the vehicle theft “spurts” seem correlated with the school year, Baxley said he doesn’t know if the recent spurts are “kid-related.”

One problem with the break-ins, he said, is that many residents leave their cars unlocked and their valuables in plain view.

“Pretty much, everybody leaves everything open around here because we thought it was a safe neighborhood,” Kylberg said.

Baxley advises residents to keep their cars and homes locked and “don’t leave valuables in plain view.”

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