Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said car break-ins are becoming an ongoing problem in the city.
“We’re seeing a dramatic increase in these crimes, whether it be forced entry or unlocked,” Sparks said.
Sparks said items recently stolen from vehicles vary from speakers to jewelry to weapons.
A 31-year-old Anniston woman told police she found the rear window of her car shattered Monday, the sergeant said. The car was parked on the 400 block of South Allen Avenue.
The victim reported a set of speakers, worth $100, were taken from the car. The window damage was estimated at $300, according to a police report.
A 59-year-old man living on the 2800 block of McClellan Boulevard reported to police Monday that two back windows of his car were shattered, Sparks said. The victim discovered a set of speakers and amplifier worth $1,150 were missing, according to a police report. The report also noted the car sustained $400 in damage.
Sparks said two vehicles parked on the 2100 block of Thomas Avenue were reportedly left unlocked and had items stolen from them. A set of speakers worth $200 was stolen from a car owned by a 30-year-old woman and a compact disc player worth $80 was taken from a car owned by a 28-year-old man, according to a police report.
The sergeant advises locals to avoid leaving valuables in a car, especially overnight.
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