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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Police are warning the public about an increase in thieves stealing from unlocked cars.

There were 176 reported thefts from cars in the township in 2018, and there have been 52 vehicle burglaries thus far in 2019, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page Wednesday.

The department said there may be significantly more that have not been reported.

“They’re going from car to car to car in the neighborhood in the middle of the night,” Lt. Robert Gray said.

Gray said thieves have targeted more condensed neighborhoods across the township, including those along West Jersey Avenue south of Mays Landing, the Shires, LaCosta Lakes, Oak Forest and Equestrian Estates.

Police said thieves will take anything of value including change, CDs, GPS units, laptops, wallets, E-ZPass transponders, garage door openers and anything else left in the car.

“Not necessarily are they going to get into a bunch of cars, but they can try 100 door handles and see,” Gray said.

They recommend residents lock their cars, even when parked in front of their homes, and that they remove all valuables and keys from their cars. Police also are patrolling these areas for suspects.

“We’re out in the neighborhoods every night. We’re looking for them,” Gray said.

Gray said the department is looking for anybody who may have video of the burglars in the aforementioned neighborhoods. Residents can call the department at 609-927-5200 if they see any suspicious activity.

Contact: 609-272-72 39 AAuble@pressofac.com Twitter @AublePressofAC

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