Posted: Friday, October 4th 2013 at 12:09pm
Police highlight ways to reduce chances of being an entering auto victim
By Derreck Booth Editor
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Police are using the latest entering auto arrest to remind people to be vigilant when it comes to their vehicles.
The latest case was Tuesday when officers responded to the Columns Apartments off Atlanta Highway where there had been several entering autos, according to Gainesville Police.
The investigation led to a traffic stop of a suspect vehicle, according to police Corporal Kevin Holbrook. Investigators said that vehicle was stolen in Habersham County. The suspects ran on foot from the stop.
A Gainesville Police K-9 team located one of the suspects, Cesar Yanez, 17, of Gainesville, according to police. Yanez is charged with entering an auto to steal and obstruction. Holbrook said officers located some of the stolen items.
"Unfortunately there were at least two to three other suspects that were in that vehicle that did get away. That does mean that those are least two other individuals, if not more, that could possibly be out here committing these same types of crimes," Holbrook said.
In most of this week's cases and over half of recent entering auto reports, Holbrook said the victims had left their vehicles either unlocked or had the windows down.
He said some of the Columns victims had left valuables unsecured in their vehicles for just short windows of time.
"These are individuals that left their vehicles in an apartment parking lot, went upstairs for a matter of five to ten minutes and came back and their items were gone. No matter how quick of a trip you're going to be gone from your vehicle, make sure you lock it at all times," Holbrook said.
Tips to help avoid being an entering auto victim, according to Gainesville Police:
1) Lock your car and make sure all windows are up and secure.
2) Donít leave packages or valuables in plain view. Take valuables with you or hide under seat or place in trunk. This is especially true for GPS units, purses, cdís, iPods and other electronic devices.
3) Whenever possible park in a well-lighted and busy area.
4) Purchase auto theft system and use it accordingly.
As always we would like to encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity to Hall County Central Communications (770)-534-5251.
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