Car burglaries run rampant in town |

Car burglaries run rampant in town

A recent wave of vehicle burglaries in the Truckee area have Nevada County Sheriff’s officials concerned.

Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Duncan said there have been 30 cases reported over the last three weeks. But as some cases go unreported, Duncan said that number could be as high as 60.

“Sixty car burglaries in the last three weeks is substantial,” he said.

Suspects are hitting vehicles while left unattended at state park trailheads, in commercial parking lots, in residential neighborhoods…even in the Tahoe Forest Hospital parking lot.

The time of day doesn’t seem to matter either – Duncan said the culprits strike anytime, day or night.

And the crooks are getting away with vast sums of money – in one case a credit card was taken from a vehicle and more than $10,000 was charged to the owner.

“We could be looking at well over $100,000 in (total) losses,” Duncan said.

The sheriff’s department offered several tips for area residents to keep from becoming a victim:

— No matter where you park, lock your car.

— Park in areas that are not isolated, where pedestrian and vehicle traffic is substantial.

— Take backpacks, detachable stereos, jackets out of the vehicle. Do not leave anything visible to passers-by that might entice them to break in.

— Be aware of people in the area and report any suspicious activity.

— Report all cases as it helps deputies build a crime history.

“If people would do these things and understand the possibilities, we could see a substantial reduction,” Duncan said.

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