City hit with rash of vehicle burglaries

OKEECHOBEE — Investigators with the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) are asking for the public’s help in putting a halt to a recent rash of car burglaries.

According to OCPD Detective Jack Boon there have been 10 vehicle burglaries in the last 27 days, and all of those have been in the southwest section of the city.

Also, every one of the vehicles was left unlocked.

“Everyone of these was a crime of opportunity,” said Detective Boon. “We need the public’s help in getting these stopped.”

The OCPD investigators said thieves have taken computers, cell phones, miscellaneous cash, a 42-inch flat screen television, a .38 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber pistol.

He said the thieves are “literally walking down the street and pulling doors.”

The vehicles have been checked for fingerprints, and footprint impressions were recovered at a couple of the burglaries.

Apparently the break-ins are occurring between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., when vehicle owners are either parking their vehicles or getting up early.

Detective Boon urges homeowners to turn on a porch light and if they see someone in their neighborhood after 10 p.m. to call the police department.

He also urged everyone to lock their vehicles.

If you see someone acting suspicious or lurking about, call the police department at 863-763-5521.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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