Aurora Police Department reports have given a better picture of what was stolen Nov. 2-3 during a rash of thefts from vehicles parked in two different neighborhoods in the city.
For the third time in three months, Aurora residents were targeted by thieves breaking into their cars. Cash and other items stolen last week totaled more than $1,800, though losses likely are much higher as the value of everything that was stolen was not immediately known.
On Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, Aurora officers took numerous reports of cars being broken into in the Chatham Estates neighborhood. On those nights, multiple residents of Chelmsford Drive and Chatham Drive were victimized by thieves.
Stolen from numerous cars were items including a Chromebook laptop computer; a seat belt cutter/knife; at least $15 in cash; purses, wallets and multiple bank, debit and credit cards; miscellaneous clothing items and other personal property.
Owners of at least six of the cars that were broken into reported leaving them unlocked overnight. Most of the vehicles had their consoles and glove compartments opened and the contents scattered throughout the vehicle.
Some items, including sunglasses, bags and some clothing and shoes, later were recovered by police taking reports in the neighborhood, or turned in by the public until their owners could be tracked down. Other cars also were rummaged through, but nothing stolen, their owners reported to police.
Thieves also struck the northeast side of the city, where on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, at least four residents reported their vehicles entered and items stolen.
In a Nov. 2 incident on Winchell Road, a man reported the passenger door of his truck open and his driver's door unlocked in the morning, the night after he thought he locked it. Stolen were a GPS unit, a wrench, the vehicle's registration, insurance card and some gas receipts, with no value given for the stolen items, police said.
Three unlocked cars parked in a driveway on Eggleston Road on Nov. 3 had debit cards, credit cards, a birth certificate, a Social Security card and $400 in cash stolen from them, along with other personal belongings, according to police.
A Parker Road woman also reported Nov. 3 that someone smashed her car window, doing $500 in damage, to steal $2 in change from the vehicle. The same day, a Centerville Trail man reported someone entered his car, stole a credit card, and used it to make more than $914 in purchases without his permission, police said.
Police recommend taking all your valuables inside and locking your cars overnight to avoid becoming a victim of thieves.
Anyone with information or who did not report a vehicle break-in is encouraged to call Aurora police at 330-562-8181.