Thieves targeting people at parks after normal business hours

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CrimeTracker 10 is uncovering a new trend when it comes to car break ins.

In the past two months, there were 8 cars broken into at Antrim Park and Anheuser Busch Park, both located on Olentangy River Road in North Columbus. All but one of the cases happened between 4 and 9 pm, which is when most people use the parks after they get off work. CrimeTracker 10 also found an unusual trend where the thefts from motor vehicles happened mostly on Mondays.

Columbus police say they’re not sure why the start of the week is more popular than other days of the week, but they say it doesn’t take long for thieves to use credit cards stolen out of cars. A woman who reported her car broken into June 5th at Antrim Park says her credit cards were used within an hour at a nearby Speedway and Kroger less than 3 miles away.

Police say the best advice to protect yourself is to not put items in your trunk *when* you get to the park. Instead, put your valuables away or hide them *before* you arrive so thieves who might be scoping out the parking lots won't see you trying to hide their valuables.