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Grand theft auto

Alex Green • Jul 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM


Two vehicles were reported stolen this past weekend through the Sandusky Police Department and another was reported broken in to.

Both vehicles, a 2002 Nissan Sentra and a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, were eventually recovered by police.

The Grand Am owner said she walked outside around 1 a.m. Sunday and almost tripped over bicycles that were left in her backyard en lieu of her missing vehicle.

She looked over to her driveway where her car was supposed to be but it was missing, a police report said.

She left her keys in the car, the report said, as the culprits also made off with the woman's wallet which had money, a car seat and various prescription pills.

A car on the 2000 block of Putnam Street was also reported stolen over the weekend.

The owner said it was stolen early Friday so he stayed awake later that night, peaking out the window to see if the culprits would return to the area, the report said.

Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the man saw two men who he thought may have been juveniles stepping into a different car.

The man saw the duo get into the Honda and cover the dome light when they stepped inside so no one could see them, the report said.

They left the area with the vehicle but police discovered they parked nearby. They searched for prints but the vehicle had too much dust to retrieve fingerprints, the report said.

The common denominator in the incidents was unlocked vehicles with keys inside, Sandusky police Lt. Mike Campbell said Sunday.

"Sometimes people (enter vehicles) to steal change," Campbell said. "If they see the keys in there they steal the vehicle too. It's important to (keep vehicles locked)."

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