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Unlocked Vehicles Burglarized

10/07/2011 at 4:22pm

Beach BurglariesUnlocked Vehicles Burglarized

Early Thursday morning, the quiet neighborhood of Nature View Court was disturbed by three burglaries of unlocked vehicles.

The neighborhood, located behind Sea Grape Plaza, was awakened about 4am when Charlie Price noticed two males outside his home. When the intruders realized they’d been seen, they took off running toward Estero Blvd. Price then noticed that his vehicle light was on. He reported the loss of his vehicle registration, manuals and insurance information from the glove compartments of his vehicle.

Once deputies arrived, a K-9 unit tracked the intruders as far as Estero Blvd.

Two other vehicles were also burglarized, though their owners indicated that nothing was missing. All three vehicles were unlocked at the time of the burglaries.

In early August several homes and vehicles were burglarized in the Estero Blvd and Coconut Drive areas. Following a month long investigation, Aaron Harnage, 24, and Sean Hogan, 18, were arrested in North Fort Myers in mid September.

At that time, Tony Schall, Public Information Officer for the LCSO, explained, "These people go for the easy ones. They go through neighborhoods and jiggle car doors and house doors. If it opens, they’ll take a look at what’s inside and help themselves.”

He encouraged Beach residents to lock their house and car doors, especially at night. Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious activity. Lighting and alarms are also helpful.

"Leaving your property unlocked is an invitation to criminals to take your things. Don’t be an easy target!”

If you have any information on these break-ins, contact the LCSO at 239-477-1000.