BROOKINGS – Brookings Police are warning people to lock their vehicles after three individuals were spotted opening and going through vehicles recently, Lt. Marci Gebers said.
The incident was reported at 7:29 p.m. Wednesday and police were dispatched to the 800 block of Roberts Avenue, Gebers said.
“The reporting party saw a juvenile male enter their vehicle. The reporting party did not notice that anything had been stolen,” Gebers said.
“They also had noticed that this juvenile, along with two other individuals, who appeared to be juveniles, … did get into one other vehicle and tried door handles on some other vehicles. Nothing was found to be stolen,” Gebers said.
When officers arrived, they were told one of the individuals had gone into an apartment building on Roberts Avenue, she said.
“But they were unable to locate that juvenile,” Gebers said.
The other two ran to the southeast, toward Squire Court in the 12th Street South area, she said.
“Just a reminder to people, that along with warm weather comes an increase in criminal entry into motor vehicles or thefts from motor vehicles,” Gebers said.
“Make sure that they lock their vehicles up and … take valuable items out of your vehicles so they don’t end up being stolen,” Gebers said.
“If anyone sees any activity like this, just contact law enforcement so we can respond and try to identify and investigate,” she said.
If anyone has information about this case or other cases, contact the Brookings Police at 605-692-2113, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or call 605-692-STOP (7867).