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Benton police investigate recent rash of car burglaries

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By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Police are looking into a rash of apparent car burglaries in Benton neighborhoods.

Investigator Mike Andrews says in the past two weeks, someone has stolen items out of at least nine cars parked in Benton driveways. But Andrews says this isn't a case of car break-ins, it's more a crime of opportunity.

"If you've got an unlocked car, they'll be in it," Andrews said. "We'd have two or three one night, four the next night. They're taking change, IPods, cameras, GPS's anything someone leaves in their car."

Benton police officers will be stepping up patrols in the overnight hours as the majority of these car burglaries have taken place between the hours of 11 p.m. And 3 a.m. Police also encourage vehicle owners to use extra caution when leaving their cars outdoors overnight.

"You should always remove your valuables out of your car," said Andrews. "Or at the very least, put them out of sight. Always lock your car. Never leave it unlocked. Just makes it too easy."

If you have any information on these crimes, contact the Benton Police Department at (618) 435-8131.

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