More than 35 cases of auto en­ter­ing re­ported

The Covington News - - Local News - Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­

Authorities are warn­ing res­i­dents to lock their cars and not to leave items of value in plain sight af­ter a rash of en­ter­ing au­tos in the west­ern part of the county.

There have been over 35 cases just this month, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Ty­rone Oliver with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Of the ve­hi­cles be­ing pil­fered, most have been left un­locked and with high-value items in plain sight. Oliver sug­gested not only lock­ing ve­hi­cles, but also tak­ing purses, GPS de­vices, cell phones, lap­tops, mp3 play­ers and the like in­side, or at least hid­ing them in the car.

“It will make them a harder tar­get if they se­cure their cars or take their items in­side or hide them,” he said.

There has also been an in­crease in AC thefts in the past few months.

Oliver said they had re­ports from peo­ple af­ter the fact, who said they saw some­one sus­pi­cious around the homes, but they ne­glected to call au- thor­i­ties.

“I want peo­ple to not hes­i­tate to call 911 if they see some­one sus­pi­cious. Also, get a de­scrip­tion of the per­son and their ve­hi­cle and a li­cense plate num­ber if pos­si­ble,” Oliver said.

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