Cops investigate string of car burglaries in West Melbourne
29 car burglaries reported in past month, police say
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police in West Melbourne are looking for the serial burglars who they say are responsible for nearly 30 car break-ins since late March.
Investigators say they crooks are taking anything in view, including loose change, iPads, guns, cash and in Jorge Rosario's case, the burglars broke into his wife's mini-van and took her emergency hammer -- something she had in case her car crashed into the water.
"They tried every door they could get their hands on and our car door was open and they got inside it," said Rosario.
He wasn't the only one in his gated neighborhood that was burglarized.
West Melbourne Police Lt. Richard Cordeau says they're investigating 10 break-ins in Rosario's neighborhood and 29 total in the city in the past month.
He said in every case, the victims are making it too easy on the crooks by leaving their car doors unlocked.
"We are asking for people to be a little more cognizant of what they're leaving out in the open and double checking that they're locking their doors," said Cordeau. "It could prevent them from becoming a victim."
But investigators caught a break when the burglars broke into Rosario's neighbor's car and took a winning lottery ticket.
Police say the Melbourne convenient store's surveillance camera caught the crook redeeming the ticket and Rosario hopes the lead leads to an arrest.
"I thought we were secure being that we have a gate out there. No matter where you live you can be a victim," he said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the break-ins to call the Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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