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Police are investigating a rash of 14 car break-ins in Maiden and the surrounding areas.
Maiden Police Chief Tracy Ledford said that thieves broke into 11 vehicles in the Brookwood, Oakwood and Springdale residential developments between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. He estimated the total value of items stolen at about $1,500.
"There were several GPS devices, some tools, one pistol, some change and a camera," he said of a laundry list of items stolen from vehicles in the residential areas. "Most of the vehicles were unlocked."
Ledford said that in some cases, suspects entered vehicles but didn't take anything of value. The thefts happened within a short time frame.
"We remind residents to secure items within their vehicles and don't leave anything out in plain view that is of any value," he said.
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