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There were 15 thefts from unlocked vehicles reported in January, Security Chief Greg Remson told the Community Services District Security Committee Friday. "These seem to be crimes of opportunity, and preventable crimes," he said. No one has been arrested in the thefts.  Also, Security received a package apparently returning stolen items.

The crimes involved nine vehicles on the North and six on the South. There were no signs of forced entry, although two victims were adamant about having locked their vehicles, Remson said. With the exception of an incident reported Jan. 30 on Camino De Luna, the thefts targeted vehicles parked in driveways. In the Camino De Luna theft, a roll-up garage door was left open and a purse was taken from the unlocked vehicle parked inside, according to Remson.

The CSD has received a package in the mail that's apparently related to the thefts. The package arrived Jan. 26. It contained a Blackberry and an iPod, along with an unsigned letter, according to Remson, who said the package had a Folsom postmark and no return address. The letter identified the items as property taken from two addresses on a street in the North and asked that they be returned, Remson said.

Security turned the matter over to the Sheriff's Department, which checked its records but was unable to find a report linking the property to the addresses. Security is now waiting to hear from a deputy who came out to the community to make contact with the households about the items, Remson said.

Residents are advised to take preventive measures that include removing any valuables from their vehicles and locking them. They can assist Security by calling 354-2273 (CARE) immediately when they notice something suspicious or out of the ordinary, Remson said.  For emergencies, call 911, and then notify Security, he added.

Crime victims should file a report with the Sheriff's Department by contacting the James L. Noller Safety Center at 354-8509 or using the online reporting system at www.sacsheriff.com

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