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Burglar targets downtown vehicles

Naperville’s downtown area was hit by a rash of vehicle burglaries earlier this week, police reports show.

At least a dozen such burglaries occurred Monday night or early Tuesday morning and typically involved unlocked vehicles, according to police.

“Apparently somebody was on a mission to hit as many vehicles as they could,” Sgt. Gregg Bell said.

In one instance, a GPS, iPad and credit cards were stolen out of an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of West Jefferson Avenue. In another, an iPod cord and wallet were stolen from two vehicles inside an unlocked garage in the 300 block of Spring Avenue. Keys and cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of North West Street and an ID, cash and ear buds were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 200 block of North Fremont Street.

Police do not yet know if the same person or people committed the burglaries.

“Could they be related or are they related we won’t know until we apprehend somebody,” Bell said. “But the common denominator is people continuing to leave vehicles unlocked and leaving valuables unlocked so when you have that combination, crimes of opportunity do occur.”

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