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Seven cars burglarized

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By Carol A. Clark

A string of shattered windows and stolen property let area residents know that locking their car doors is not enough to keep their belongings safe. Car owners in seven households woke up Wednesday morning to find a variety of items from their cars had been stolen – in some cases through broken windows while in others the culprit or culprits opened unlocked doors to make off with everything from CDs to electronic equipment.Sgt. Jeff Regenold, Cpl. Oliver Morris and Ofc. Jeremy Duran of the Los Alamos Police Department responded to the calls from those victimized by the overnight crime spree:

 • A 17-year-old youth reported someone stole a snowboard and electronic equipment from his vehicle parked in the 900 block of Capulin Road. The estimated loss is $600.

 • A 38-year-old Los Alamos woman reported someone stole a radar detector from her vehicle parked in the 2400 block of 36 Street. The estimated loss is $120.

 • A 50-year-old Los Alamos man reported someone broke the window on his car parked in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive. No items were reported missing.

 • A 45-year-old Santa Fe man reported someone stole a jumpstarter and tools from his car parked in the 4100 block of Arkansas Avenue. The estimated loss is $230.

 • A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported someone stole the stereo out of his car parked in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

 • A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported someone stole CDs and electronics from his vehicle parked in the 2300 block of 36th Street. The estimated loss is $750.

The seventh burglary was attempted but not completed and the vehicle owner did not want to file a report, Capt. Randy Foster said.

The three police officers initially worked the scenes, lifting fingerprints and gathering other evidence, Foster said Wednesday, adding that their findings have been turned over to the police department’s investigation division. “Our detectives are aggressively investigating these crimes,” he said.Foster advised car owners to stow all belongings out of sight. Anything left in view may entice a burglar not only to steal, but also to damage property by breaking windows and tampering with door locks, he said.“Take valuables inside your homes,” Foster said. “Don’t leave anything in view to tempt thieves.”Foster asks anyone with information about the recent car burglaries to call Crime Stoppers at 662-8283. He also asks the public to be on alert and to report any suspicious behavior to the police department’s main number at 662-8222.