HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Two men caught on a home surveillance cameras, are suspected in a string of thefts from unlocked cars in Howland.
“We had two subjects enter unlocked cars in neighborhoods and they stole personal computers, GPS’s, wallets, credit cards, things, valuables that, you know, people have left in their cars,” Howland Police Chief Paul Monroe said.
Investigators say one even entered a house by crawling under a garage door and through a doggy door while the homeowner and her son were sleeping inside, taking several items, including a guitar from the living room and a car from the driveway, most of which were found undamaged in a nearby neighborhood.
Officers are now warning folks who live in this area to keep their car doors locked so that they don’t become victims of this crime.
“This type of crime is a crime of opportunity,” Monroe said. “People leave high-end valuables in their cars and they’re just easy pickings for guys like this.”
“I lock every door,” Bill Peters of Howland said. “I mean, it doesn’t have the remote controls, so I make sure it’s gotta be locked (because) I don’t know who’s in the neighborhood.”
Officers believe the suspects are from the area, but they’re asking anyone who might recognize them to give the police department a call.