June 6, 2016

A reminder from the Sheriff’s Office: Lock your vehicle doors and remove valuable items from inside

Just a reminder to everyone they should be locking car doors and removing valuables from inside, even when the car is parked at your home.

Six Upper Keys residents found out the hard way this weekend that leaving your car unlocked with valuables inside can be costly. Deputies responded to homes on Plantation Road and Buttonwood Avenue in Key Largo; Harbor Lane in Plantation Key and Captain’s Court and Sebring Drive in Tavernier to reports of vehicle burglaries over the weekend. A number of valuable items were taken from the unlocked cars, including a wallet, a purse, a gun and a laptop computer.

The victim on Buttonwood Drive confronted possible suspects who were in a vehicle attempting to leave the area; as the suspects drove away, they hit the victim’s leg with their car. The victim was fortunately not seriously injured.

The Sheriff’s Office recommends you always lock car doors when parking anywhere and remove valuable items from inside like wallets, purses, weapons and electronics. If you do see someone you believe to be a suspect, do not directly confront the person; instead, attempt to get a tag number and as much of a detailed description as possible of the vehicle and the suspect. Confronting the suspect can be dangerous, particularly if the suspect is armed and feels threatened.

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