Map prepared by Alexis Bechman
The black dots show the locations of car burglaries in Payson in the past several weeks. The thief or thieves hit unlocked cars, often with windows left rolled down and grabbed any loose objects — like CDs, change, electronics gear, cameras and other things of value. The incidents have stopped in the past several days say Payson Police.
Photo by Alexis Bechman.
After a rash of vehicle break-ins last week, things calmed down over the weekend.
Police say there was only one known vehicle burglary on Saturday, a dramatic decrease from the 11 break-ins that occurred over five days last week.
“It has really quieted down,” said Police Chief Don Engler.
The majority of break-ins happened Oct. 5-9 and mostly during the morning hours from 9 a.m. to noon.
The burglars focused on unlocked vehicles, often with windows left open. The thief(s) must have gone around trying door handles until they found one unlocked, Engler said.
Once inside, they grabbed anything not nailed down, including change, music players and navigation equipment.
So far, police have no suspects or clues to go on.
Engler said detectives have gathered some intelligence, but do not have anything strong enough to make an arrest.
He reminded residents to lock up their vehicles even when they park at home.