Sykesville Police are investigating a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles over a three-day period last week as well as six instances of tires being slashed early Monday morning.
Wallets and other valuables were taken out of five vehicles between June 30 and July 2, according to Chief Michael Spaulding. One vehicle was entered twice in that period and was unlocked both times, he said.
The thefts have all occurred in residential neighborhoods on Norris Avenue, Brandenburg Circle, Braemer Court, Obrecht Road and Jennifer Way, Spaulding said. Most have occurred overnight and been discovered the next morning.
One theft was not reported until the victim's wallet was found in a dumpster with his driver's license still inside, according to Spaulding. When police returned the wallet, the victim said he thought he had lost it but last remembered having it in his mother's car in the driveway.
"People are leaving personal belongings and valuables inside of vehicles which, most of the time, are unlocked," Spaulding said.
Because of the close proximity of the incidents and the similarity of the circumstances, Spaulding said he suspects the incidents are related.
Additionally, Sykesville Police took six reports of slashed vehicle tires Monday morning in the same neighborhood, he said.
Vehicle owners reported between one and four tires being slashed.
"Somebody was busy last night," Spaulding said. "I would certainly think that all of them are related."
To discourage future incidents of theft and vandalism, police will try to increase their presence in the affected neighborhoods and may request assistance from the Maryland State Police and Carroll County Sheriff's Office, according to Spaulding.