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Riverside police warn about string of car burglaries

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:14 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – Police have issued a warning to the community after responding to a series of recent vehicle and garage burglaries near Harlem Avenue.

In a news release, police reported areas targeted were largely along Harlem Avenue, but some occurred closer to the river as well.

The majority of the break-ins happened overnight between midnight and 4 a.m. Property stolen ranged from small items to large tool boxes.

“Residents can help police by leaving lights on around their homes, locking car, home, and garage doors and reporting anything suspicious – even if it seems insignificant to you”, said Detective Frank Lara said in the release. “Don’t make it easy for criminals to get to your property – call us!”

Police said the offenders were targeting unlocked doors, but in many cases a pry-type tool was used to gain access to garages and cars.

Police have stepped up patrols in an effort make an apprehension.

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