Car Break-Ins Force East Medford Residents To Be On The Lookout

, Posted: Tue, January 7 2014 at 12:20 AM, Updated: Tue, January 7 2014 at 12:45 AM

Medford Police say in just the last two weeks they've received reports of more than 50 car break-ins. More than a dozen just Monday morning.

Police believe a serial car burglar may be to blame, breaking into cars into more than 20 cars in the the Brookdale Ave./Gardendale Ave. area alone. That's near Lone Pine Elementary School.

Kristina Shellhorn did everything right but the East Medford resident says locking her SUV, even setting the alarm, did nothing to keep thieves out of it. "I had a hard time figuring out how they got in" said Shellhorn.

No broken windows, Shellhorn says police have a theory about how the break-in went down "they had stolen keys from another GMC from down the street and used those to unlock my alarm."

Shellhorn says early Monday morning whoever got into her car also got into her husband's, making off with his tool box "it's nerve-wracking, even if it's parked in your drive way and locked, they're still getting in."

And Shellhorn and her husband aren't the only victims. Police say in East Medford alone they've taken car break-in reports from at least 20 people in just the last two weeks "generally same area, same time means same people involved" said Sgt. Derek Parks with the Medford Police.

Shellhorn says she'd seen the break-ins on the news. So she took everything important to her out of her car. So she lost nothing but her sense of security "I think it's a shame we can't have our own vehicles parked in our own driveways without having to worry about it."

Police say most of the victims are leaving their cars un-locked and their valuables in plain site. They say if you see anything suspicious, report it as soon as possible. Police urge you to make sure your car doors are locked and to make sure to not leave anything of value inside you cars at night.

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