Thieves preying on unlocked vehiclesPublished 8:23am Friday, August 21, 2009
Sometime overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning Dowagiac Police Department had approximately eight cars entered that were either ransacked or had items stolen from them.
Deputy Chief Steven L. Grinnewald said Thursday that all of the vehicles were left unlocked except for two.
Out of those two, one had a rock thrown through the window and the other had a partially open window forced down.
“Due to the time – all happened during the same morning – we believe that they were all committed by the same suspects,” Grinnewald told the Daily News. “Items stolen were easy-to-grab items such as after-market electronics to personal items in the vehicles.”
A witness observed two subjects in vehicles in the 200 block of Grove Street at approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The witness said something to the suspects, then left walking east on Grove.
The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6-foot-2 with a blue long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.
Suspect number two is described as a white male, approximately 5-foot-9 and wearing blue jeans.
City police would like to remind citizens to remove valuable items from their vehicles and to lock their vehicles when parking them.