Two area police departments are dealing with multiple reports of thefts from parked or unlocked cars that took place early this week.
Once again, the Aurora Police Department is looking into a series of thefts from vehicles in a city neighborhood — the third time in three months that a rash of such thefts has struck Aurora.
Police Chief Brian Byard wrote on the department's Facebook page that while officers were dealing with the aftermath of Sunday night's storms that knocked out power to several thousand Aurorans, "a local thief decided to go rummaging through vehicles overnight in the Lakes of Aurora development."
Byard did not go into specifics, but said that thieves such as this often will carry backpacks and operate in the early morning hours when it is dark outside.
Anyone who saw anything or sees anyone or anything suspicious is asked to call 911 or the Aurora Police Department non-emergency line at 330-562-8181 if it is not an emergency.
Anyone with home video surveillance is also asked to check their camera footage for possible suspects or their vehicles and call police if they captured anything suspicious. Additionally, residents are asked to remove their valuables from their vehicles and lock their car doors to make things more difficult for thieves.
Brimfield police officers also are investigating reports of items taken from vehicles parked in the areas of Duffield and Cherrywood roads, an adjoining development off Ranfield Road and the streets of Pelham Lane, Morley Drive and Queenstown Road, the department announced on Facebook.
The vehicles apparently were entered during the overnight hours of Saturday. Anyone who was a victim of the thefts and has not already done so is asked to call the Brimfield Police Department at 330-677-1234 to make a report.
Officers also recovered a black 21-speed bike that may have been used by the suspect or suspects.
If you have any information on the suspects in these thefts, call Officer Robert Putnam or Sgt. Matthew McCarty at 330-673-7716.
Brimfield police also remind residents to lock their car doors and remove valuable items from their vehicles overnight.