Rash of Car Burglaries Over the Last Week; Benbow, Myrtletown and McKinleyville All Hit
The resident said that most of the vehicles including his were unlocked.
Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said that they had had only one report of theft from vehicles in Benbow that evening. She explained that one resident reported two of his vehicles broken into. She said there was approximately “$1400 worth of items including credit cards and important documents” stolen.
“If others had their vehicles broken into,” Karges said, “we encourage them to make a report so that we can keep track of these types of crimes and hopefully be able to locate/return their stolen items.”
Karges added, “[W]e have been seeing a lot of car burglaries lately- this weekend especially in areas like Myrtletown and McKinleyville. However, many burglaries go unreported. The more reports made, even if it’s using our online platform, the better we are able to track and map problem areas.”
She offered a friendly reminder “to never leave valuables unattended in your vehicle for any amount of time, even if the vehicle is in your driveway or in front of your home.” She said, “Even if things are “hidden” and not in plain view, we recommend you take those things out overnight.”
In addition, Karges urged, “If you see a suspicious person in your neighborhood, report that to law enforcement. We’ll swing by, do a patrol check, and contact the suspicious party.”