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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office continues to investigate a series of stolen car reports in Grand Island.

Since January 1, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to ten reports of stolen vehicles in the town, and Detectives attribute eight of the thefts to individuals leaving keys in the vehicle.

“Unfortunately, people are leaving valuables and keys in the car,” stated Sheriff Howard. “Anytime items are left in plain view, nefarious individuals are going to take the opportunity to commit a crime.”

Beyond the stolen vehicles, Deputies have also responded to car larcenies throughout the town.

Sheriff Howard continued, “The thieves are not breaking windows or popping locks. Instead, they are simply pulling the door handle, and if the door opens, the criminals are going in.”

Detectives arrested two minors on April 10 and charged them with felony counts of grand larceny, criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of a vehicle following a report of a stolen vehicle on April 9.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds people to take valuables out of the vehicle, don’t leave the keys in the automobile, and lock it.

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