The Gahanna Division of Police is seeking assistance from the public regarding recent thefts from vehicles.

Deputy police Chief Jeffrey Lawless said the department has seen a slight increase in this type of theft during the past month, but from year to year it's normal activity during the summer.

The department has released images of two suspects it needs assistance in identifying, because they either unlawfully entered cars or used credit cards stolen from vehicles in the past month.

One suspect, who was wearing a black and white T-shirt, sweatpants and tennis shoes, was observed with another individual 29 in the area of Highbury Crescent. He was seen entering an unlocked vehicle.

The other suspect used a credit card that was stolen from a vehicle near Jonsol Court during the early morning hours of June 24. He was observed wearing a red Ohio State University ball cap and a black T-shirt showing Brutus Buckeye.

Tips can be reported by calling the detective bureau at 614-342-4240.

Lawless said residents can help deter thefts from vehicles by leaving nothing of value in a car, in addition to locking all the doors and closing the windows.

If something valuable must be left in the vehicle, he said, it should be put it in the trunk.

Gahanna police Chief Jeff Spence said access is primarily gained through unlocked doors.

"Rarely do we see forced entry," he said. "Of course, leaving valuables in plain sight is a problem, too."

Lawless offered other crime-prevention tips, such as parking in well-lit areas, adding motion-sensing lights to residences and investing in exterior cameras.

He said residents who see anything suspicious shouldn't hesitate to call police.

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