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Westminster police investigating string of thefts

Westminster police took 18 reports of garage burglaries and thefts from cars as of Tuesday morning, making it the third department in less than three weeks investigating a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

Suspects stole cash, power tools, garage door openers and a car from the Tahoma Farm area overnight Monday and into the morning hours Tuesday, according to a news release.

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Garage door openers left in unlocked cars were used to open the garages, according to Capt. Pete D'Antuono.

The stolen car was a tan 2009 Saturn Vue with Maryland tags 6BK6996 taken from Crossbridge Drive. Incidents were also reported on Fannies Meadow Court, Winged Foot Drive and Golden Eagle Court.

The car has not been located as Tuesday afternoon, D'Antuono said.

"That tells me that they have probably left the general area," he said of the suspects.

Police are increasing patrols overnight and urging residents to lock their vehicles, take valuables inside and report suspicious activity to the police.

A cash reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crimes. If you have information as to the individuals responsible for these incidents, please contact the Westminster Police Department at 410¿848¿4646.

Police in Sykesville and Hampstead reported similar incidents in recent weeks.

Sykesville Police Chief Michael Spaulding said his department knows of at least nine instances of thefts from vehicles, mostly unlocked, as well as six vehicles with tires slashed since June 30.

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Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies are conducting increased patrols in Sykesville and the surrounding area, Spaulding said.

"It sounds like it's all over the place," he said.

Spaulding said he is working with his staff to find ways to remind the public to lock doors and secure valuables.

Hampstead Police Chief Ken Meekins also reported instances of thefts from unlocked vehicles, but much of the stolen property has been recovered and juvenile suspects have been identified.

The suspects stole gym bags, electronics and coins, according to Meekins, as well as unsecured bicycles.

Taneytown police have not seen any increased theft activity, according to Lt. Brian Costello, but he said officers will be made aware of the recent incidents in nearby areas.

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