10 un­locked ve­hi­cles bur­glar­ized overnight in San Luis Obispo, po­lice say

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY GABBY FER­REIRA

Ten cars were bur­glar­ized overnight in one area of San Luis Obispo for one sim­ple rea­son: They were un­locked, San Luis Obispo Po­lice Lt. John Bled­soe told The Tri­bune in a phone in­ter­view.

The thefts hap­pened from about 11 p.m. Wed­nes­day through early Thurs­day morn­ing, and the de­part­ment be­gan re­ceiv­ing re­ports about it around 7 a.m., Bled­soe said. Most bur­glar­ies hap­pened in the area of John­son Av­enue and Syd­ney Street, with some re­ports com­ing from Fixlini Street and Flora Street, he said.

“We didn’t have any that were forcibly en­tered, no bro­ken win­dows, no bro­ken locks. They were all un­locked,” Bled­soe said.

Some of the items miss­ing in­cluded an empty wal­let and a purse with the vic­tim’s driver’s li­cense, credit cards and loose change in­side.

“Most of these ve­hi­cles had no losses, so they were smart in not hav­ing items of value in there,” Bled­soe said.

He urged ev­ery­one to keep valu­ables out of sight in the car and to al­ways lock their doors.

“In these cases, they’re look­ing for un­locked ve­hi­cles,” he said. “They’ll ri­fle through the car and take loose cash and items of value left out.”

Bled­soe said the po­lice de­part­ment doesn’t have a sus­pect de­scrip­tion, and there was no ev­i­dence left be­hind.

He added that if your ve­hi­cle is bur­glar­ized, don’t touch any­thing un­til po­lice re­spond to in­ves­ti­gate.

“They could leave phys­i­cal ev­i­dence or fin­ger­prints,” he said. “In some cases in the past, sus­pects have left be­hind cell­phones or wal­lets.”

If your ve­hi­cle has been bur­glar­ized and you want to re­port it, call the gen­eral po­lice line at 805-781-7317 un­less there’s an emer­gency or you see some­one break­ing into a car, in which case call 911, Bled­soe said.

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