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Charlottesville Neighborhood Victim to Series of Car Break-Ins

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Police responded to a number of car break-ins in the Woolen Mills neighborhood early Monday morning.

The events now have some neighbors thinking twice before leaving their cars. Five vehicles were broken into; all were unlocked.

Sara Daniel woke up early Monday morning to police at her door.

"The police knocked on my door at 4:30 in the morning and I answered and talked to them they just said that there had been some break-ins in the neighborhood and that my car was one of them," Daniel said.

Police say those behind the crimes were targeting those unlocked cars to avoid detection.

"Of course quick turnaround and easy to access through an unlocked car door is to be able to get access to it and move on very quickly and move on from that area in an effort to avoid detection on that part," said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville police spokesman.

Some victims who did not want to go on camera had electronics and other valuables taken.

Daniel says nothing was stolen from her car, but something was actually left behind.

"I could tell that things had been rummaged through and that the glove compartment was open and there was a stray glasses case that didn't belong to me, a cloth bag that had been left in the car and that was it," she said.

Police say not to leave cash or other valuables out in the open. Daniel says she plans to take that advice to heart.

"I think I'll just continue not ever keeping anything valuable in it and lock it when I remember to," she said.

Roberts also offers another piece of advice.

"A simple solution is to lock your car. It's just like locking your home; you lock the door when you go out your home and you lock your car also," he said.

Police are urging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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