Thieves are Targeting Unlocked Cars in Glen Dale

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Police are investigating a string of break-ins in Marshall County.

At 3:00 a.m. on Sunday one homeowner heard a dog barking, but didn’t think much about it.

The next morning he discovered his garage had been broken into, and thieves had gotten away with $10,000 worth of items.

Glen Dale Police Chief Edward Vogler says they stole a camouflaged four-wheeler, a drill, chain saw, hedge trimmers, air compressor, leaf blower, GPS unit and more.

While the homeowner’s garage was locked, their car parked outside was not.

“We’re speculating the fact the homeowner had his vehicle in the driveway. It was unlocked. Once inside the vehicle, he used the garage door opener to open the garage door and was able to get in that way. I’m advising everybody to keep everything locked up. Make it as difficult as you can. Most of these crimes are crimes of opportunity,” said Chief Edward Vogler.

Chief Vogler says people will walk through town, tugging on car doors, and if they’re unlocked, they reach in and grab whatever they find, mostly loose change and GPS units.

He said one man drove off with two cars last year that were left unlocked.

Anyone with information about this weekend’s garage break-in is urged to call Glen Dale Police at (304) 845-5511.

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