ALBANY, Ga. — A thief broke out a window on a locked silver Chevrolet Tahoe and stole a laptop computer and an iPad about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.
The crime is noteworthy because Albany Police Department officers have consistently said the large majority of entering-auto thefts involve unlocked cars.
Also, it was an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit vehicle parked at Watson, Spenco & Howe, 320 W. Residence Ave.
According to reports, drug unit agents later found 59-year-old Jerome Keith with the computer and iPad on South Jackson Street. He was arrested and charged with possession of stolen goods.
In two other entering auto crimes, police reported cars parked in a lot at 1420 Dawson Road were hit by thieves. A thief broke the window out on a 2012 bronze Ford Escape and stole a purse.
The doors were left open on a 2010 silver Cadillac SUV, making it easy for a thief to steal a purse with credit cards and medications.
The number and audacity of entering auto crimes has prompted the police to issue another list of tips to help prevent the thieves from preying on residents.
Tips can help prevent thefts from vehicles
• Lock up the vehicle: Never leave the vehicle unlocked. Leaving you vehicle unlocked is an open invitation to thieves. A window open a small space can let a thief in.
• Thieves are quick: Even if you only leave the vehicle for a minute or two to run in the house or the convenience store — lock it.
• Never leave the keys anywhere near or in the car: Keys can be used to steal the car. Keys with car keys can be used to rob your home.
• Do not leave property in plain view: Cell phones, day planners, briefcases, backpacks, laptops, purses, wallets, shopping bags, packages, credit cards and cash are high on thieves want list. A thief might not know what is in a bag, but he’ll break a window to find out.
• Put property that must be stored in the trunk: Do not allow property to be seen by an opportunistic thief. Store it before arriving at next destination.
• Take removable stereo or faceplate with you: Thieves assume it is hidden under the seat or in glove box.
• Record serial numbers: Keep a written record of all your property serial numbers. If the property is located it can be returned to you.
• Engrave your driver’s license number on property: Do not use your Social Security number.
• Parking: Avoid less used and unattended lots. Frequently used lots mean more witnesses and a theft is less likely. Park in well lit areas at night. Stay away from concealed, obscure or remote areas.