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Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:22 am, Sat Mar 3, 2012.

A rash of people have been breaking into cars and then using the automatic garage door openers to gain access into residents' homes and steal property, Lodi Police Lt. Tod Patterson said.

Residents are leaving their cars parked in front of their home, and then thieves are breaking in or opening the car's unlocked doors to get the automatic garage door opener. They then use it to open the door and steal what is in the garage, Patterson said.

For example, someone stole several bikes and tools from a home in southwest Lodi on Thursday night.

On Friday, Lodi police took at least 10 reports of burglaries using garage door openers alone.

"It seems to be a pretty common thing that I've been reading in the last couple of weeks," he said.

Patterson recommends that everyone either disable the remote at night if that is an option, or take their garage door openers inside to prevent future thefts.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Robert Chapman posted at 12:18 pm on Mon, Mar 5, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    JOSE, good idea. I am always in awe when I drive by a house that has the garage door open and it is packed SOLID to the door with "stuff" while their vehicles sit outside.

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 8:19 am on Sat, Mar 3, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 34

    If people would clean out all of the cr*p in their garage, they could actually park the cars in the garage. Problem solved!



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