THIEVES ransacked 14 cars outside houses in Mt Martha, overnight Sunday 18 March. Detective Sergeant Alan Paxton, of Somerville CIU, said items including tools, coins and phones were stolen from “mainly unlocked cars” parked in Stanley and Paramount crescents, and on Bruce, Ponyara, and Bradford roads.
Thieves hit cars in Sorrento the next night, taking similar items from cars parked in Labuan Street, as well as Coppin, Bowan and Melbourne roads. Many of the cars were said to be unlocked. A car in Point Nepean Road had its number plates stolen.
“People are still leaving valuables, such as phones, wallets, iPads and tools, in unlocked cars,” Detective Paxton said.
“We are at a loss. People should lock their cars and take their valuables inside.”
In another incident on Bruce Road, overnight Sunday 18 March, thieves used keys found inside a car to access a house where a 78-year-old man was sleeping and stole a laptop.