Police said that crooks were looking for crimes of opportunity.
Worthington police said that the community was dealing with a rash of vehicle break-ins, in which thieves have made off with cash, credit cards, computers and GPS devices.
Resident Rebecca Hermann said that everything looked normal when she approached her car the other day – until she smelled something funny.
“It was completely closed as if nothing happened,” Hermann said. “And I opened the door and I don’t smoke, and I smelled a lot of smoke and thought, ‘Well, this is really weird.’”
Hermann said that she then discovered that thieves had ripped out the center console in her car and made off with a wad of cash.
According to Hermann, she always locks her car.
“I do, and that’s the really frustrating part,” Hermann said. “I’m wondering if they checked every night.”
Hermann said that at least six of her neighbors all fell victims in just one night.
Police said that it was as if the thieves were cruising up and down streets checking car handles.
Hermann said that she was not too concerned about the burglary until she realized that her family could have been put in harm’s way.
“They were in our yard. You know, the kids are here. They could be looking out the window. Who knows what their next step would be,” Hermann said. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel as safe again, and that’s the sad part.”
The victims said that they started a Facebook page to help share information and keep an eye out for each other.
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