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Washington PD investigate string of car burglaries Thursday morning

Unlocked vehicles targeted, damage done to others as officers follow up on leads

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

The Washington Police Department is currently investigating a series of car burglaries that appeared to happen in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 27.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske The Washington Police Department is currently investigating a series of car burglaries that appeared to happen in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 27.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Police Department had a busy morning on Thursday as officers were called to at least seven car burglaries on the northeast side of town.

Police Chief Jim Lester said the calls began to come in at about 5:30 a.m. and that most of the reports were from unlocked vehicles. Callers reported their vehicles were ransacked and a few items taken.

At least one vehicle had a broken window, he said, and the police have reason to believe a fire extinguisher may have been used inside one of the vehicles causing damage. Lester said it does not appear the perpetrator was looking for anything in particular.

Residents are encouraged to lock their cars and keep anything of value out of sight. Lester also encouraged those with security cameras to sign up for the community camera program which will allow law enforcement to view footage only if a crime is committed in the area the camera is registered and with homeowners consent. Citizens can sign up for the program on the city website.

Officers are currently following up on leads and anyone with information or who sees anything suspicious is encouraged to contact law enforcement. The non-emergency phone number for the Washington County Communications Center is: 319-653-2107. In an emergency dial 911.