Ardmore police are investigating a surge of auto thefts and burglaries that has swept across northwest and northeast side neighborhoods within the past few days.
APD reports showed three vehicles were reported stolen from separate locations early Monday. A 2001 Dodge was snagged from an 8th Avenue NE residence. A 1999 Pontiac was taken from a 6th Avenue NE house, and a 2008 Toyota was stolen from a Sam Noble Parkway location.
A total of five auto burglaries were reported Monday and Tuesday. The thefts ranged in the northeast from Allen Street to Sam Noble Parkway, and in the northwest from Campbell Street to Salisbury Street and Stonecreek Drive in the northwest. While in some cases vehicles were unsecured, in most instances thieves gained entry to most of their targets by breaking out windows. In some cases, thieves apparently didn’t find anything they wanted, leaving only damage in their wake. But in other vehicles, a cache of stolen property was snared, ranging from cosmetics to electronics and golf clubs to personal documents and a small amount of cash.
Capt. Kevin Norris, APD Criminal Investigation Division, said Wednesday afternoon detectives were following up on a number of leads, but so far no suspects have been named.
Norris urged drivers to take proactive steps in protecting their vehicles and personal property.
“Without a doubt, first and foremost, don’t leave vehicles unlocked — not overnight, not for an hour or two, not even for a few minutes,” he said. “It’s also important not to leave property in plain sight. The best thing is to take it with you. If you can’t do that, then make sure the property is concealed. The best place for personal property being left in a vehicle is locked in the trunk.”