Thieves strike Oro Valley neighborhoods, steal while you're sleeping

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Thieves strike Oro Valley neighborhoods, steal while you're sleeping

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Sep 2, 2014

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - There have been a rash of break ins in Oro Valley Sunday and Monday night, and Oro Valley Police want to make sure thieves do not strike a third time. 

Residents should be clearing out their cars of any valuables, even in places they think it's safe. 

People living near La Canada and Lambert have been victims, but police tell 9OYS they're worried that will spread. 

It's not just a warning for Oro Valley, but anyone who thinks their car is safe in their driveway. 

Residents near La Canada and Lambert call it a trusting community. 

"My neighborhood is very nice," Vivian Weede said. "People are very friendly and always wave and say hello and watch out for each other."

But no one has seen the thieves sneaking around in the middle of the night, stealing out of cars. 

Oro Valley police tell 9OYS in two nights, they've hit around two dozen. 

The trick is, suspects are not breaking in. If the car is locked, they move on. But if it's unlocked, they swipe anything valuable inside. 

"We would leave the car unlocked if it was in the driveway," Weede said. 

"They say it's a safe community -- which it is -- but unfortunately sometimes we get targeted for that," said Lt. Kara Riley of Oro Valley PD. 

So lock your doors and take all valuables out of your car, even if it is locked. 

Riley says the department is running forensics to catch the thieves.