Evans sees spike in car break-ins

EVANS — On the night of Feb. 14 going into the morning of Feb. 15, a string of vehicles were broken into on Taurus Avenue and Sturgeon Point Road as the Evans Police Department advises residents to lock car doors.

In the six vehicle break-ins that night/morning, the thieves stole $145 cash, $2 change, a fold up screwdriver, a flashlight, a tablet (valued at $400) and a bag.

Evans Chief of Police Douglas Czora, who has been with Evans for 24 years, noted that the area faced this problem for years and that extra precautions make a difference.

“We’ve been telling the residents to lock them,” Czora said. “I think a lot of residents think because they live in a rural area, that they’re not going to get hit. Especially these (break-ins) now, they seem to be hitting all areas in the town.”

The recent break-ins have some evidence including DNA and video surveillance. Czora said that the department’s detective bureau is following up on leads currently.

Hindering future thieves has some catches to it as well.

“We can put extra patrols out there, but the problem is that you can put extra patrols out there, but you don’t know where they will hit,” Czora said. “The night guys know what is out of place, so if they see something, they’ll look into it. Eventually, these people will get caught, and then somebody else will move into their spot.”

Czora and the Evans Police Department ask if residents know anything about the incidents, contact the department at 549-3600.

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