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Thieves target unlocked cars in Opelika

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

Austin Campbell is one of at least six people who fell victim to a string of car break-ins early Friday morning on the Northwest side of Opelika, Ala. 

"I woke up, and got ready for work. I went outside to my truck, and saw that my pistol holder was on my seat, and my glove box was open, and I was like, 'Hmm, that wasn't me,'" explains Campbell.

Thankfully nothing was taken from Campbell's truck, but with the easy access left for the suspects, he knows the outcome could have been much different.

"Luckily, I usually leave my wallet in there. My doors were unlocked and that was on me," says Campbell.

Three reports of car break-ins were reported on Waverly Pl., one on Waverly Pkwy, and on Rustic St. and Groce St. in Opelika.

Authorities believe these crimes are related, because of their close proximity, timing and for the common factor that the owners left their doors unlocked. 

"Whoever is committing these burglaries appears to be checking the car doors," explains Captain Shane Healey of the Opelika Police Department. "If it's unlocked, they're going in and taking what they can get of value. If it's locked, they move onto the next house and the next cars."

Wallets, cash, laptops and other electronic devices have been reported stolen to OPD.

Healey says there was another rash of four or five car break-ins early Monday morning, June 2, and they could be related to Friday's incidents.

"If you lock your car doors, you're much less likely going to be victimized. Secondly, don't leave things that could be stolen in plain view," says Healey.

If you have any information about the crimes, you are asked to contact the Opelika Police Department.

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