Open windows could be an open invitation for car theft

News 12 First at Five / Friday, July 25, 2014

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Richmond County deputies are looking into a possible car theft ring, and it seems the suspects don't just have their eye on a particular make. They've zeroed in on a particular model. So far investigators have arrested two teenagers, accused of stealing as many as six cars. The seventeen-year-old suspect is Christopher Marlow Bonner. Deputies aren't releasing the name of the sixteen-year-old because of his age. News 12 investigated what you can do to keep your car safe.

The first thing Steve Odom does every time he leaves his car is lock the doors. "I lock them to keep people from theft, keep them from stealing things from inside the vehicle," Odom said.

And recently it's been a problem. Yesterday seventeen-year-old Christopher Marlow Bonner and a sixteen-year-old were arrested, accused of stealing six Honda Accords. Rusty Campbell spends all day working with cars, he believes the Accord is probably a target, because it's so popular. "Big demand for the parts, and that could be an attraction to someone on the black market who wanted to part it out," Campbell said.

With such a high pay off, Campbell says they're determined. "The thieves have gotten smarter and they're good at what they do, and if they want to steal something they'll figure out how to do it," he said.

And in the summertime, an open window, can be an open invitation. Richmond County deputies say even though it's hot outside, and you might want to crack your window to cool your car down, that attracts thieves. And deputies say, most car thieves, are looking for the easy targets.

Prevention is easy. Make sure you roll up your window before you turn off your car. And be sure to lock your door.

Deputies tell us, the number of car thefts is actually down this year. Through June, there have been 349 car thefts. Last year at this time, deputies say there were already 374.

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