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Public alerted to auto burglaries

By Staff | Apr 8, 2013

The Sanibel Police Department is alerting the general public that as many as 10 vehicle burglaries occurred on the East End of the Island on April 2.

The nighttime burglaries targeted cars in the parking lots at condominiums at 210, 255 and 303 Periwinkle Way and 1101 Seagrape Lane.

Chief William Tomlinson said, “All the burglarized vehicles were unlocked and people need to keep the windows rolled up and the cars locked, even if it’s parked at your own residence.”

Tomlinson suggests moving anything that looks valuable from the passenger compartment and put it in the trunk to keep it hidden. That includes backpacks, briefcases, cell phones and laptop computers.

“So far, this was a one night spree,” Tomlinson said. “None have been reported today.”

Island residents and visitors in the resort area condominiums along East and West Gulf Drive were targeted by daytime burglaries during the holidays last fall, again victimized by not locking doors and windows. Police offered a $25,000 cash reward to help solve that eight-week spree (Nov. 14-Jan. 11). Tomlinson said no leads were ever received and the burglaries stopped.

Anyone with information that can assist police with the auto burglary investigation is asked to contact Detective Mark Steele at 472-3111, ext. 237, or anonymously report information with a text message through Crime Tips C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).