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Detectives Investigate 3 Dozen or So Auto Burglaries in Springs

Same person or persons could be responsible for weekend thefts.

Electronics and cash were stolen a few dozen vehicles in Springs over the weekend, according to East Hampton Town Police Det. Lt. Chris Anderson.

While Anderson could not provide an exact number, he estimated that between 20 and 30 reports were filed about items stolen from inside cars. Some cars were also rummaged through, in search of valuables, but nothing was found. Little damage occurred.

Detectives are investigating the rash of vehicle burglaries in the area between Church Lane and Hilidreth Place, as well as a few on or near Hog Creek Road. "We are certainly exploring the likelihood hat all the events are linked to a common perpetrator or perpetrators," Anderson said on Tuesday.

"The common thread is that the vehicles are all left unsecured and unlocked," Anderson said.

iPods, GPS systems, and other similar portable electronics, as well as cash, were stolen from inside the vehicles.

Anderson said most cars were not damaged.

Two vehicle owners on Montauk Blvd., said that while a burglar was looking through their cars on Saturday, the windshield wiper levers were damaged, causing the windshield wipers to remain on when the cars are turned on. One of the owners said her windshield was also slightly cracked.

Also, two residents of Crystal Drive in East Hampton reported their cars had been rummaged through on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. A GPS, vehicle radio and iPhone charger were taken.

Anderson said drivers should take precautions. "You have two options; lock your vehicle or don't leave any valuables inside the vehicle," he said.

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