On November 18, 2011, officers were called to the area of 137th Street and Eby to investigate two auto burglaries. The burglars had broken out car windows to access two purses left in plain view. This occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Later that night, one of our officers located the two purses near the roadway in the area of 133rd Street and Antioch. The Officer had recently gotten off duty and was riding his bike home. All the contents of both purses were accounted for, with the exception of the cash.
As we regularly see, items of value left in plain view encourage crimes of opportunity. The reality in the majority of these cases is that the cost to repair the damage caused by the suspects trying to get the items far exceeds the value of the items they steal.
Please do not leave items of value in plain sight.