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Multiple Chino Valley vehicle burglaries could be related, police say

A Ruger SR22P handgun is shown above. (Courtesy)

A Ruger SR22P handgun is shown above. (Courtesy)

The Chino Valley Police Department believes a group of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Saturday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday, Sept. 4, are related to one another, according to a news release from Chino Valley Police Department PIO Vincent Schaan.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle burglary in the 1500 block of Palo Verde Drive Tuesday where the owner reported that sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a firearm left inside.

“During the investigation Chino Valley Police contacted neighbors who also reported their vehicle had been entered and rummaged through but they didn’t know of any items missing from their vehicles,” the release stated. “Numerous other reported vehicle burglaries also occurred during the same time frame on Porcupine Pass, a short distance from Palo Verde Drive.”

One notable item taken was a purple and black Ruger SR22P handgun.

All the vehicles that were entered and rummaged through or had items stolen were unlocked. Also, it is common for theft suspects to walk through neighborhoods and jiggle car doors, taking valuables from cars they find unlocked.

The Chino Valley Police Department urges residents to lock their vehicles and residences and remove valuables from vehicles. It is in the spirit of the #9PMRoutine, a national campaign to lock doors and remove valuables from vehicles at 9 p.m. each evening.

Those who have information regarding the burglaries are encouraged to call the Chino Valley Police Department at 928-710-3260 and ask to speak to an officer. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

— The Daily Courier