A recent rash of vehicle burglaries in Orange have investigators with the Orange Police Department reminding citizens to not leave anything valuable in plain view and lock their doors.
According to investigators, the burglaries are not happening in just one location, but “everywhere.”
Police officials are asking people to report anyone they see who may look suspicious or does not belong in the neighborhood or apartment complex.
“The Orange Police Department is working diligently to solve and stop the burglaries,” said Capt. Sparky Robinson of the Orange Police Department. “The detective division has recovered some of the missing property and have made arrests.”
One recent case of a vehicle being burglarized was reported on Friday in the 2000 block of 4th Street. The owner of a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu reported to police someone had broken the driver’s side window to gain entrance to the vehicle. The suspects then took an AM/FM stereo radio/CD player. Also missing were speakers from the trunk area.
A 15 inch metal rod was found near the vehicle. It is believed the rod was used to break the window.
Another incident where police were called to the scene was Wednesday in the 1500 block of 37th Street. A man reported he left five rods and reels in the back of his 2007 Chevrolet pickup after a long day of fishing. When he woke up the following day, the fishing equipment was gone.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on these cases or others to call EasTex Crime Stoppers at 409-724-TIPS or the Orange Police Department detective division at 409-883-1095. Information received could earn the person a cash reward and they can remain anonymous.
Debby Schamber is a reporter for the Orange Leader. She can be reached at 409-883-3571 ext. 2609 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.