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Published: Wednesday, 3/19/2014

Rash of car break-ins rock Perrysburg

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Thefts last weekend from six cars, most of which were unlocked, in Perrysburg has police searching for who is responsible.

"We're trying to get a handle on when it is happening to predict it," said Jim Rose, Perrysburg Police deputy chief. "We are aware of it, but there is no pattern."

He said the police do not know whether it is one person or a group because of limited information on the crimes.

Five unlocked cars were entered at night last weekend in the neighborhoods off Eckel Junction Road between State Rt. 199 and State Rt. 25. The thief or thieves took global positioning systems from two cars, $4 in change from a car, $170 sunglasses from another car, and a knitting bag and supplies which were mostly later found in a neighborhood yard.

On Sunday, a man attending a funeral had his car window smashed and a backpack and contents stolen valued at $80. Replacing his window will be about $150. The incident happened at the Witzler Shank Funeral Home.

"It is mostly unlocked cars, but there have been a few window broken in," Mr. Rose said. "We recommend keeping valuables out of plain view and locking up at night."

He said officers are aware of the situation and have stopped people who walk at night to see what they are doing and what they are carrying. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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