City reports high volumes of car prowls

March 18, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 11 a.m. March 18, 2014

The Newcastle Police Department received reports of higher-than-usual volumes of car break-ins this past week, Chief Melinda Irvine said in a city e-alert.

The thefts occurred at night all across the city. Some of the vehicles were accessed through unlocked doors, some by breaking a window and some by breaking into the locked door.

Items of value that were stolen had been left in plain sight or placed in the glove box or center console in many of the cases.

According to weekly reports Newcastle News receives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the majority of the thefts were reported to police on March 11.

If you were a victim of a car break-in that has not been reported, you may report your loss by calling 206-296-3311 or report it online at www.reporttosheriff.org.

Anyone with information or surveillance video that may assist in this investigation, should contact the Newcastle Police Department at 425-649-4444 or police@ci.newcastle.wa.us. Witnesses can also file an anonymous tip through the city website, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.

To help prevent car prowls:

  • Close all windows and lock your car; do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, purses and wallets.
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area.
  • If you have to leave something in your car, place it in the trunk or other secure location prior to arriving at your destination. Do not do it after you have parked your car.
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