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updated 3:21 PM UTC, Feb 15, 2019

Police warn motorists of car burglaries

By Valerie Reddell
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Woodville police are urging motorists to be extra vigilant after a pair of car burglaries occurred during daytime hours Oct. 19.

Capt. Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department said windows were broken out of a car parked in the 1100 block of South Magnolia and another vehicle at the corner of Wheat and South Magnolia.

Employees of La Enchilada restaurant called police at about 2 p.m. when someone broke a window and took property from a staff member's car parked at the back of the restaurant.

"We're not sure if that car was targeted, or the suspect was just trying to get something in the car," McCulley said.

An hour and a half later, a second break-in was reported.

The same window was broken out in a vehicle owned by an employee at Dogwood Pharmacy, McCulley said. A purse was taken out of the front seat.

"Please do not leave valuables in plain sight," McCulley said.

Officers recommend placing items that are likely to be targeted by thieves under the seat or in the trunk.

"That may prevent a lot of headaches, and avoid having to cancel credit cards and notify banks when you lose things," he added.

"Don't make it easy for these guys. It's probably the same suspects, and we me get some more calls like this. If you see someone that looks like they are trying to break into a car, please call us," McCulley said.

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