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City sees rash of car break-ins

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The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department is investigating a rash of thefts from cars over the weekend.

According to Police Chief Bruce Brending, a total of seven vehicles were broken into Saturday night or Sunday morning in White Salmon.

"The vehicles were gone through and two in-dash stereos were attempted to be removed but only the face plates were taken," Brending said. "Damage was done to the dash of both vehicles in those attempts."

The thefts happened in and around the area of Beth-el Shalom, which is on NE Tohomish Street, and the Police Department is asking for help from the public to catch the culprit or culprits.

Brending reported that one vehicle had its stereo taken, along with the car's speakers. Among the other items stolen from the seven vehicles were an amplifier, music CDs, change, miscellaneous paperwork, and electronic items.

"Most of the vehicles were reportedly unlocked, but at least one of the owners was sure the vehicle was locked," Brending added.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything over the weekend that could possibly be related to these crimes is asked to call 493-1177 and leave a message, or make contact via the Police Department's Web site:

"The Police Department, while not at full strength, is increasing its patrols where and when it can," Brending said. "This, unfortunately, is an example of why it's important to follow a couple of safety rules that may help from having your car broken into: Lock your vehicle, and make sure all the windows are completely up. Do not leave items such as purses, cameras, money, electronics, or other valuable items in plain view or on the seat. Report all suspicious activity right away to the Police Department. Help us keep our community safe."


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