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Sheriff: Thieves hit 65 Dodge vehicles in 3 months

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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

If you own a Dodge and live in the Midlands, beware of thieves.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says 65 Dodge vehicles in the Broad River Road, Harbison Boulevard, and Dentsville areas have been broken into or damaged since June 1.

Lott says Dodge Challengers, Magnums, Avengers, and Chrysler 300's have all been targeted.

The suspects are entering the vehicles by damaging the driver's side door.

The sheriff said multiple groups may be responsible for committing these crimes in Richland and Lexington Counties and in the City of Columbia.    

Investigators are working to determine who may be responsible through interviewing victims, witnesses, following up on leads and utilizing forensic science.

Deputies offer a few precautions to take when it comes to vehicle protection and safety:   

  • Remove your keys and take them with you.
  • Park in well lighted areas – not near bushes, trees, dumpsters or side streets whenever possible.
  • Never leave your purse, briefcase or gym bag in your car. Place them in the trunk; never leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Always lock your vehicle doors after entering and leaving the vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle running, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  • Completely close all vehicle windows when parking.
  • Never leave the registration or title in your vehicle.
  • Install an anti theft device or system on your vehicle as an extra deterrent.
  • Before getting into you car, check the backseat and floor. Get into your vehicle and lock the door immediately before settling yourself or packages.
  • Never leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle, especially if your car is parked in front of your house.

If you have information on the identity of the people responsible for the break-ins or information about the crimes, you are urged to call  Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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