Rash of thefts from vehicles has Oxford police investigating

Nine reports were made to police, with five of those indicated in the reports as the vehicles having not been locked.

In one instance, it was a police officer who discovered the theft before the vehicle owner was even aware of it.

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An officer on patrol came across a pile of clothing just off the alley behind the zero block of West Spring Street. A variety of items in the pile included a parking ticket issued by another Oxford officer to a vehicle, complete with description and New York license plate number. That vehicle was located behind a residence in the block and dispatch was able to locate the owner, who lived at that residence.

The officer’s reported noted the vehicle’s two doors were unlocked and the center console was open and looked as though someone had gone through it.

The victim was contacted and identified some of the found items as his. He claimed two pairs of shoes, two clothing items, the parking ticket and a Taco Bell cup of change as his. He checked the vehicle and found his golf clubs still there.

His items were returned to him and the remaining items taken to the police department as unclaimed. They included a Steve Madden quilted slip-on, a Freeform silver charging device, a Dominican cigar, a headband, three-unit charging station with cords, grey hoodie, Chicago Bears jersey, red T-shirt and a blue Cookie Monster scarf.

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Other victims were not so lucky.

An officer responded to the 300 block of West Sycamore Street at 7:17 p.m. Oct. 17 where a victim told him he had forgotten to lock his truck, which was parked on his driveway the day before at approximately 6 p.m. He said he had returned to the truck at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and noticed property missing.

Reported missing were rock-climbing gear, a pair of green rock-climbing shoes and a green and red harness, all with approximate value of $180.

Another victim, in the 700 block of South Locust Street, told police someone had entered his unlocked car between 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. Oct. 19 and stole a pair of purple sunglasses valued at $550 and approximately $30 cash.

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