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Unlocked cars give crooks opportunities

William Ferchland

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is warning car owners to lock their vehicles and bring valuables inside after a rash of burglaries.

No specific neighborhood is targeted but enough car burglaries have occurred in the county for the warning, said Lt. Les Lovell.

Items taken in the recent thefts include compact discs, wallets, cash, purses and two handguns. The guns have been recovered, Lovell said.

All the cars were unlocked.

“It’s a crime of opportunity,” Lovell said.

In other news:

nMore than $10,000 in money and goods were stolen when a floor safe was taken from a home on the 1800 block of Kickapoo Street in Tahoe Paradise, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Included in the Sentry safe was $8,500, $500 in saving bonds and a $500 ring, the deputy said. The burglary occurred around July 17.

* A man who left his $550 mountain bike parked against a picnic table at Tahoe Valley Campground while he went to the bathroom found it missing when he returned, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The bike, which went missing July 19, is described as a black and silver Iron Horse.

The man suspected a 5-foot-3-inch tall white woman, between 25 to 30 years old with blonde hair and wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark pants and fanny pack, as the thief.

* A burglary on the 400 block of Bayview Circle led to the loss of a $2,300 Sony lap top computer, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The entrance point was likely through a front window, which was found open.

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