Thieves target unlocked cars in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — The message from police is simple: Lock your car doors.

Thieves broke into 18 unlocked cars Tuesday night in the quiet Floral Hill neighborhood of Old Saybrook.

“We do not lock up the cars but we will now that we know there was an issue,” said local Deborah Reed.

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One woman, who did not want to be identified, said four cars in her driveway were targeted by thieves looking for valuables. She said in one case music tapes and papers were found strewn about in the back seat.

“It was kind of scary,” the woman said. “It’s just a warning to … lock your vehicles at night because you never know.”

Police are also urging residents to park in well-lit areas or under motion detection lights, if possible, and remove all valuables.Thieves only hit cars, no homes, police said.

In May, more than 30 vehicles in another part of town were targeted and in February a weapon was also stolen from a car.

“With the economy in the way it is, people are out probably trying to look for stuff to make money,” said Terrance Johnson of Old Saybrook.

Tina Detelj and Bob Wilson reporting

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