Flagler sheriff warns of increase in vehicle break-ins

Thieves looking for easy access to valuables

By Francine Frazier - Senior web editor
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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - Flagler County deputies responded to several complaints of car break-ins over the weekend, according to Flagler County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Paula Priester.

In most cases, the vehicles' windows were smashed and items were taken from inside the vehicles.

Individuals at Jungle Hut Park, James Holland Park and Varn Park reported vehicle damage and thefts. The stolen items included purses, credit cards, cash and driver's licenses, Priester said.

"As the Florida weather heats up, there is increased activity at the beaches and parks," said Sheriff James L. Manfre. "Citizens are encouraged to leave valuables at home or lock important items inside the trunk."

These types of incidents are also occurring in neighborhoods and parking lots, Priester said. Thieves typically enter vehicles through unlocked doors, stealing anything within reach. Laptop computers, GPS devices and CDs are items sought and taken.

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