ESCANABA - Several vehicle break-ins were recently reported in Escanaba, according to Escanaba Public Safety, which advises people to lock their cars and trucks and secure their valuables.
During a seven-hour period Tuesday, 14 individuals reported their vehicles were broken into and/or items were stolen. The break-ins occurred sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday, said police.
Public Safety Officer Sgt. Jamie Silverstone described the incidents as "smash and grabs" where suspects look for opportunities to break into vehicles and take whatever they can find as fast as they can.
Several of the vehicles were unlocked, while those that were locked had windows smashed out, said Silverstone.
One owner reported $129 in cash was stolen, while another motorist said $295 was taken. A window on each of these vehicles was smashed in order to gain entry, said Silverstone.
Others items reported taken included: change, electronic equipment, video games and movies, jewelry, knives, ammunition and sunglasses.
The thefts occurred in two areas, one in north Escanaba between 12th Avenue North and 15th Avenue North and the other between South 15th Street and South 18th Street.