Santa Fe police are investigating 11 auto burglaries that took place late Saturday or early Sunday in the same neighborhood. None of the incidents, police say, involved forced entry.
“It looks like all 11 cars were left unlocked,” Sgt. Peter Neal, head of the department’s Property Crimes Division, said.
According to police reports, the burglaries occurred between 11 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday and all were on three streets located within an eighth of a mile of one another near Santa Fe High School.
Five vehicles were burglarized in the 2100 block of Candelero Street, three in the 1800 block of Quemado Street, two in the 2100 block of Ojo Court and one in the 2100 block of Chamisos Court.
About half of the vehicles were rummaged through, Neal said, but nothing was stolen. In other vehicles, a wallet, an iPod, a radar detector and cash were stolen.
“We’ll continue to ask people to help us out by keeping your vehicles locked and don’t leave valuables in there overnight,” Neal said. “These guys are probably walking up a street checking for unlocked cars. If its locked, they walk on the next one.”
Yes, burglary numbers are up in Santa Fe (see the numbers here). And based on reader comments online and our newspaper’s letters to the editor section (not to mention widespread panic among the politicians in City Hall) I would say its safe to say the public is aware of the problem.
That awareness, it seems, didn’t do much good in this case.