City hit with rash of car break-ins

August 25, 2015

By Staff

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NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The city of Newcastle experienced an influx in car break-ins this past week, according to an Aug. 25 e-alert from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The thefts occurred at night at various apartment and condominium complexes. The thief entered the vehicles by prying doors or breaking windows.

Almost all of the items stolen from vehicles had been left in plain sight, Irvine said.

“Remember, your duffle bag of dirty gym clothes looks like a bag with potential valuables to someone with criminal intent,” she said.

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

If you have any information or surveillance video that may assist in this investigation, call the Newcastle Police Department at City Hall, 649-4444, send an email to or file an anonymous tip on the city’s website

To help prevent car prowls, the Newcastle Police Department advises residents to:

  • Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, purses and wallets, and even radar detectors
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area
  • Close all windows and lock your car; do not leave keys in the vehicle
  • 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

If at any time you observe suspicious activity around vehicles, call 911 to have an officer respond.

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