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Vehicle burglary wave continues in Lodi

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Posted: Friday, May 1, 2009 10:00 pm

Smash-and-grab vehicle burglaries continue in Lodi, with seven more of them taking place Friday morning.

Such crimes aren't rare, but police have noticed a rash of burglaries in which the culprits look for vehicles with purses and valuables left in sight.

Friday morning thieves appeared to focus on apartment complexes in the south end of town, Sgt. Fernando Martinez said. A Wednesday night burglary wave had focused on schools, a park, a church and a gym.

Martinez reminded residents to remove any valuables from vehicles.

He also noted that global positioning systems are hot item for thieves, who see the devices sitting on dashboards. It only takes seconds for the owner to remove the GPS and take it with them when leaving the vehicle, Martinez said.

Whether the burglaries are the work of one individual, a few people or are even connected at all is not known. Police said they have few leads.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 4:43 am on Sat, May 2, 2009.


    Maybe the tracking devices located within the GPS systems and cell phones could be activated to pinpoint the location of the stolen devices. Kill two birds with one stone: retrieve the stolen articles and catch a thief or thieves! LOL!

  • posted at 3:34 am on Sat, May 2, 2009.


    Make stealing a bad thing, if you amputate one of their hands when they are caught stealing, they will think twice before doing it. We are too easy on criminals. Child molesters should have their "privates" surgically removed, no questions asked. First time offenders, no second chances for thieves, child molesters or rapists. Get tough on crime, don't stick them in jail with a big screen tv and weights to lift. Our country is terrible and our president is even worse.

  • posted at 3:15 am on Sat, May 2, 2009.


    "It only takes seconds for the owner to remove the GPS and take it with them when leaving the vehicle, Martinez said." I think this is the wrong answer. The answer is for the perps to be put away. Just because I leave my GPS in the car, does not make it fair game. Quit blaming the innocent, blame the guilty.

  • posted at 3:15 am on Sat, May 2, 2009.


    Increase the penalties!!!! We have a soft society governed by soft heads. The argument there are too many people in our jails is absolutely off-base. The reality is our society is too liberal so there are too many criminals allowed to prosper. Why should we not imprison criminals??? If you feel bad for criminals, invite them into YOUR home. Do you think the #1 largest donor to the Democrat party, the Trial Lawyers of America, really wish for their industry to decline??? More crime, more $$$ for trial lawyers. It's about greed not a decent society.

  • posted at 2:35 am on Sat, May 2, 2009.


    Setting up a STING would be a great plan, but I feel because of the low level value of the total thefts, LPD will NOT invest the manpower/woman power needed to clean this problem up.Just a matter of priorities!



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