Fulton sees rash of burglaries in unlocked garages

Fulton was hit with at least seven garage burglaries overnight between 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, police said in a crime alert.

In all of the cases, suspects entered through unlocked service doors or rummaged through unlocked vehicles, police said.

At the 4700 block of Washburn, police said a suspect entered a garage and attempted to steal a vehicle upon finding keys in the console. The vehicle became stuck in the snow and the suspect fled, however. The resident heard noise and discovered the vehicle stuck in the driveway with the car door open and vehicle running, according to Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen.

In other incidents, suspects reportedly took loose change, an iPod, wallet, gift card, a camera, CDs, an iPhone cord, vehicle registration and insurance documents.

Incidents were reported at the 4700 block of Washburn; 4800 block of Xerxes; 4800 block of Upton; and the 4900 block of Beard, York and two homes on Zenith.

Since the crime alert was issued, residents have reported additional break-ins, Waisanen said.

“I’m sure there is a lot more out there,” she said.

Police will provide extra patrol in Fulton.

Police are asking residents to secure garage doors and lock vehicles parked inside. Burglars commonly knock on doors to see if anyone is home, police said. Police recommend calling 911 to report any suspicious people at the door, perhaps looking for someone who doesn’t live there. For those who are burglarized, police ask them not to contaminate the crime scene or clean up until after the investigation.