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Series of Car Break-Ins Reported in Oak Grove Area

Personal checks have been stolen from two of three cars in the same area since Sunday.

Thieves have broken into three cars in the Oak Grove area since Sunday, DeKalb County police said. Personal checks were stolen in two of the incidents.

A digital camera, a GPS and two checks–all valued at about $770–were stolen from a car parked in a carport at the 2800 block of Cartwright Drive sometime between 10pm Sunday and 8:40am Monday, according to the police report. Police do not know how the thief got into the car.

Also on Monday, another victim from the same block called police after a Wells Fargo bank teller called him at about 10am to ask if he had authorized another man to cash a $642 check against his account, the report said. He told the teller he had not and later discovered someone had broken into his truck, which was unlocked, and took two checks–one of which was later forged–and four pieces of work equipment.

On Tuesday, a third victim from the nearby 3000 block of Anderson Place called police and reported her laptop stolen from her car. The woman told police she went outside and placed her laptop inside her car as she was getting ready to leave at about 7:30am, the report said. She walked back inside the home for about 15 minutes, and when she returned to her car, the computer was gone. She told police the car had been unlocked but was parked under her carport.

Kathy Couch June 09, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Two weeks ago, there were two such incidents on the other side of Leafmore. In one case, a GPS was stolen and in the other, the thief took wine, three packages of bedsheets and a huge package of toilet paper (go figure). Both vehicles were unlocked in carports overnight. Please report such incidences to the police, even if your car is rifled but nothing is missing. That's the only way police know how much criminal activity is taking place. And keep your vehicles locked 24/7.
Cerebration June 09, 2011 at 02:42 PM
This happened in our neighborhood near Oak Grove several years back. But the thieves broke the windows of the locked cars. By the time they got to our unlocked car, all they took was our first aid kit -- apparently now necessary after having injured themselves by breaking the other car windows.

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