Harford deputies seeking leads in vehicle break-ins

April 23, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Harford County sheriff's deputies are seeking leads in nearly three dozen vehicle break-ins in less than a month in the Forest Hill area north of Bel Air, a spokesman said yesterday.

"Teens and young adults are our primary suspects," said Lt. Ed Hopkins. Deputies have received more than 30 reports of vandalism and theft - 15 in one morning last week - in the residential areas of Brentwood Park, Harford Estates, Marywood, Spenceola Farms and Valewood Estates, he said.

Hopkins said thieves have stolen laptop computers, electronic and stereo equipment, compact discs and cash despite increased patrols in the area.

The thefts occur after midnight, he said, adding that the sheriff's office estimates thousands of dollars in losses.

The sheriff's office is urging residents to lock their vehicles and to remove valuables. "There is a certain complacency among the public," Hopkins said.

Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information. The 24-hour tip line number is 888-540-8477.

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