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Eastchester Police Warn Residents of Car Break-Ins

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Eastchester Police Department is urging residents to be vigilant in locking their car doors and removing valuables from their vehicles after a string of auto break-ins in the area.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Woodruff Avenue resident reported his vehicle had been broken into overnight. When the resident checked his 2006 Nissan Altima, he found that items were strewn about and his cellphone and wallet containing credit cards and nearly $200 in cash was missing.

Two more vehicles were rummaged through overnight on Bell Road, though the owners didn’t believe anything was taken. On Grand Boulevard, a 2005 GMC Envoy was broken into, and the owner reported that a camera bag containing $1,600 worth of equipment, a GPS and two iPods was stolen.

Residents could avoid the problem by locking their doors and not leaving anything of value in their vehicles, Eastchester Police Lt. Jeffrey Hunter said.

“This is a crime of opportunity,” he said. “The majority of larcenies from vehicles occur to cars that are unlocked. Residents can safeguard themselves from this crime of opportunity by locking vehicle doors, removing valuables and reporting any suspicious activity.”

On Gaylor Road in Scarsdale, the owners of a 2002 Honda Accord and 2007 Honda Odyssey reported that their GPS units had been stolen, worth an estimated $200 each. On Woodruff Avenue in Scarsdale, a resident reported that his GPS, of an unknown value, was taken.

“They are likely connected,” Hunter said. “Usually these types of things happen in waves. They’re crimes of opportunity. They just check cars to see if they are open. They don’t make much noise and rummage through your belongings.”

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