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Delaware: Thieves find easy pickings in unlocked vehicles

Delaware police responded to four separate reports last week that loose change had been stolen from unlocked vehicles parked on city streets. Reports said thieves made away with an estimated $29.50 in change.

The owner of an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of Lake Street told police that $10 had been taken from the car's console between 5 p.m. Aug. 28 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 29.

Dimes, nickels and quarters worth $3.50 went missing from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of East Winter Street. Reports said the change was taken between 11:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3.

Another unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of Cumberland Road was entered between 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and $15 in loose change and cash were stolen, reports said.

In addition to an estimated $1 in change that was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of Adams Lane, two cellphone chargers, a wallet and book bag also were stolen. Reports said the wallet contained gift cards, credit cards and a driver's license. Inside the book bag was a calculator valued at $130. Reports said the theft took place between 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and 9:59 a.m. Sept. 1.

In other recent Delaware police reports:

* The rear door of a business in the first block of Sandusky Street was forced open to allow thieves to take $200 from a cash register and two pairs of running shoes, valued at $240. The break-in took place between 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and 10:15 a.m. Aug. 29, reports said.

* Police responded Sept. 3 to a business in the 200 block of Silver Maple Drive after receiving a call that the front door had been forced open. A laptop computer was reported missing from inside. Reports listed two possible suspects for the theft, which took place between 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and 1:32 a.m. Sept. 3. Warrants were issued, but no arrests have been made, reports said.

* Reports said thieves used the side entrance of a business in the 1000 block of Columbus Pike to gain access to the cash register after hours and make away with $90. The cash was taken between 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 9 a.m. Sept. 2.

* Between 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and 5 a.m. Aug. 3, a brick was thrown through the front window of a home in the first block of Moore Street, police said.

* A bicycle was stolen from Mingo Park, 500 E. Lincoln Ave., between 3:45 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Aug. 29. Reports said the bicycle is worth $80.

* Two bicycles valued at $20 each were taken from racks outside an apartment complex in the 200 block of Curtis Street. They were stolen between 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31, reports said.

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