State police investigating rash of vehicle break-ins in Finksburg, Westminster

October 20, 1999

A rash of vehicle break-ins in Finksburg, Westminster and Sykesville appears to be the work of more than one group of individuals, state police said yesterday.

Troopers at the Westminster barracks are investigating nearly two dozen complaints in the last 10 days involving thefts of coins, compact discs, cellular phones and small items of value. In some cases, the vehicles were unlocked; in others, thieves smashed windows of locked vehicles to gain entry.

"Breaking car windows may be the work of a more organized group, probably addicts seeking money or anything they can easily carry and sell or pawn," said Sgt. Doug Zeller, a state police spokesman. "They are more desperate to buy drugs."

Zeller said juveniles are probably responsible for entering unlocked vehicles.

The thieves generally commit the crimes after 6 p.m. and often the vehicle owner does not discover the break-in until the next morning, he said.

State police advise everyone to lock their vehicles and keep items of value out of sight, Zeller said.

Anyone with information about the break-ins should call state police in Westminster at 410-386- 3000.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue told police Sept. 22 that someone took two bikes from his home. Loss was put at $359.

Westminster: A resident of Reisterstown told police Monday that someone took a camera from Martin's Westminster in 140 Village Shopping Center. Loss was put at $269.69.

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