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Car Burglars Target Whittier Avenue

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 03:38 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD --

Car break-ins tend to heat up in the summertime.


Just yesterday, six young boys were arrested for burglarizing cars on the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Whittier avenue in Springfield.


One neighbor tells us he woke up around 1:30 Thursday morning to learn his car was broken into.


Investigators say the juveniles hit three different cars on the block.


"Came out and the back window was broken," said Randale Hayes of Decatur.


Thieves are breaking into cars looking for items like purses and wallets...a target for sticky fingers.


"My mom had her car broke into. She had her cell phone sitting on the seat and when she ran into a restaurant they saw her cell phone and broke her window and took her cell phone and grabbed her little wallet that had her credit card in it," said Christine Lansaw of Greenfield.


That was a tough lesson for Lansaw and her family.


Three residents living on Whittier Avenue in Springfield received the same wake-up-call this week. .


Early Thursday morning, Springfield police arrested six juveniles for allegedly breaking into cars.


Something Hayes knows about, firsthand.


"Upset, but what could I do? I had to get it replaced. It was just money lost that I really didn't want to spend," said Hayes.


Some of the items taken from cars parked on Whittier Avenue include a purse, wallet and house keys.


"We either take our stuff with us or lock it in the glove box. We put it in the glove box and lock it. Or we put stuff over anything that's valuable so you can't see it."


Like Lansaw, David Nash makes sure his valuables are out of sight.


"I lock everything in the trunk now if I go anywhere," Nash said.


Hayes has taken precautions to the next level.


"Like alarms, the club thing you put on the steering wheel," Hayes said.


Hayes' believes his car stereo was the reason thieves targeted his car.


"With stereos, detachable faces, so take the faces off and take them in the house and stuff like that. It's basically getting the equipment to where if a part was taken off, you can't use it," Hayes said.


Invaluable advice to prevent you from becoming the next target of car burglary.


The six boys arrested range in age from ten to sixteen.


Investigators say the most important thing you can do if your car is broken into is to call police.

Car Burglars Target Whittier Avenue


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