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News release: Roanoke County Police is seeking information related to a string of recent thefts from unlocked vehicles this month in North County. In all eight separate cases this month, the unlocked cars were parked in driveways or streets, with thefts occurring after midnight. Items taken from the vehicles include loose change, purses and bags, and electronics. Police report no other damage to the vehicles. “Unfortunately, these types of snatch-and-grab thefts are more  common when warmer weather arrives,” says Roanoke County Crime Prevention Coordinator Thurman Butts. “The best way to prevent becoming a victim of this type of crime is to remove any valuables from your vehicle and remember to lock your vehicles every night as part of your 9 o’clock routine.” Roanoke County residents are asked to report any suspicious activity to the Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center at (540) 562-3265. This series of incidents has taken place in the North Lakes and Montclair Estates neighborhoods in North County. Residents concerned about crime in their neighborhoods can see crimes reported within the last 30 days on the department’s PoliceView app at https://policeview.roanokecountyva.gov/.  To help promote community awareness of these crimes, Roanoke County Police recently posted a “Citizen Alert” about vehicle break-ins on its Facebook page and Twitter feed, along with security video of a theft that occurred on April 16. Anyone with information related to this string of thefts from vehicles is encouraged to contact Roanoke County Police Detective Finney at (540) 562-3265.

***ATTENTION*** LOCK YOUR VEHICLES!!!

CITIZEN ALERT:Citizens of Roanoke County, specifically the North Lakes Community. This video was taken by a resident’s security camera in the North Lakes Community. The video depicts several suspects walking up and down the streets of the community and opening UNSECURED VEHICLES & TAKING THE VALUABLES LOCATED THEREIN! These crimes occured on April 16th between 2:00 AM & 2:30 AM. If you have any information as to the identities of any of the suspects in the video please report them to the Roanoke County ECC at (540) 562-3265. REMEMBER!!! LARCENIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLES ARE AN OPPORTUNISTIC CRIME, LOCK IT UP… ALL THE TIME!!!

Posted by Roanoke County, VA Police Department on Wednesday, April 17, 2019