TPD asking for help solving rash of vehicle thefts

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Jan 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-10 10:42:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) is asking for the community's help in solving a series of vehicle thefts in the area.

Over the last thirty days, TPD has taken reports for 81 stolen vehicles. This is an 80-percent increase in auto thefts over this time last year.

According to TPD spokesperson Officer David Northway, in several of these thefts, the vehicles were unlocked and/or had a spare key to either that vehicle or a secondary vehicle, which was parked close by. The thieves were able to open the unlocked vehicle, find the key and drive away.  

TPD is reminding the community to lock their vehicle when going away from it, no matter the length of time. They also are asking people to either take all valuables with them when leaving the vehicle, or put them out of sight from would-be thieves.

TPD has increased its efforts to find those responsible for these auto thefts and burglaries, and as a result, several suspects have been arrested and linked to 24 auto thefts and burglaries, but TPD investigators believe there are several other members working as a group to commit these crimes. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call TPD at (850) 656-5800.