Burglars using new tool for car break-ins

Vehicles, especially Dodge cars, targeted along International Drive

ORLANDO, Fla. - A new burglary tool is being used to steal items from cars in the Orlando tourist district, and authorities aren't sure what it is.

Local 6 obtained six Orlando police reports revealing the new trend.  Police said the thieves are using a unique tool to target cars, especially Dodge vehicles, along International Drive.

Burglars punch a hole through the key hole of vehicles, allowing them to easily steal valuables without much damage.

The police reports say cars at a Red Lobster on I-Drive were broken into with the same pen-sized tool.

Orlando police Sgt. Vince Ogburn said the tool could be a drill, hammer or nail.  He said the hole created by the tool is very small, and the victims did not notice their car was broken into until their belongings were missing.

"This is something new," said Ogburn, adding that OPD has not seen this type of crime in the past.

Detectives on Tuesday are canvassing stores looking for surveillance video in an effort to nab the thieves.

Police urged drivers not to leave valuable items in their cars.

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