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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington residents might want to remember to lock their car doors.

Police have seen a rash of thefts from cars since Aug. 4. In the course of about a week and a half there have been at least 20 reported cases of items being stolen from cars. The first wave of incidents was reported Aug. 5 and 6. The second was reported Aug. 10, mainly in the downtown area east of Highway 3.

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The thieves took GPS units, phone chargers, cell phones, iPods, cash, cigarettes and sunglasses, among other things.

Farmington detective Lee Hollatz said in all of the cases the car doors were left unlocked. In some instances thieves walked into open garages to check the cars. Those show up in police records as burglaries, but Hollatz said none of the incidents involved forced entry.

"They're not breaking in," Hollatz said. "We've had those in the past, but not this time."

Farmington police typically see an uptick in these kinds of crimes of opportunity when the weather gets warmer, but Hollatz said before this month that hadn't really happened this year.

Hollatz said crimes like this are usually committed by young people out wandering at night.

"We're finding that usually it's between your seventh and 10th graders, probably more like eighth and ninth," Hollatz said. "That's usually what it is."

Whoever is responsible, the solution seems simple.

"You've got to lock your card doors," Hollatz said.

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