18 vehicles burglarized in Port Orange, police say

Police warn residents to lock car doors

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PORT ORANGE, Fla. – After 18 unlocked vehicles were burglarized in Port Orange in a span of a few nights, police are urging residents to lock their car doors and keep their valuables out of view.

Officials with the Port Orange Police Department said all of the vehicles were unlocked and two of them were stolen because the keys were left inside.

In one instance, a Chevrolet Cruze was taken from a driveway on Manor Drive early Monday morning. The victim told police the keys to that vehicle were on the center console of his Chevrolet pickup truck, which was also parked in the driveway.

Several items, including the keys to the Chevrolet Cruze and $120 in cash, were stolen from pickup truck, the report said.

Police said they located the Chevrolet Cruze near the intersection of Desoto Street and Oak Street in Daytona Beach, but the driver fled when they attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

Three hours later, the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach, according to the incident report.

Police have not released information about a possible suspect or suspects.

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