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Unlocked cars lure thieves

MIDDLEBURY-It's not your father's Vermont anymore. Leaving your car unlocked and out-of-sight will likely invite thieves to help themselves. That's exactly what the Middlebury Police Department is reporting after a month of thefts reported by local auto owners.

Within the past few weeks, several vehicles parked at residences in Middlebury have been entered; items visible from the outside have been reported stolen. In all cases, MPD officals report, the vehicles were left unlocked.

MPD Sgt. Jason Covey is warning residents to keep vehicles locked at all times and to avoid leaving valuable items in plain view.

"Items such as GPS units should be left attached to the windshield," Covey said. "Insofar as possible, homeowners should leave outside lights turned on overnight, particularly in the area where vehicles are parked."

Police seek anyone with information about these recent incidents; call the MPD at 388-3191.

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