Unlocked cars targeted early Thursday

Milton Police urge folks to lock doors

In security footage from a home on Whisper Lane, an unknown male is pictured attempting to enter a locked vehicle early in the morning on Thursday, May 23. Police are seeking a suspect of suspects who they say entered at least 13 unlocked vehicles on streets in Milton's midtown and stole a variety of items. (photo courtesy of the Milton Police Department)

In security footage from a home on Whisper Lane, an unknown male is pictured attempting to enter a locked vehicle early in the morning on Thursday, May 23. Police are seeking a suspect of suspects who they say entered at least 13 unlocked vehicles on streets in Milton’s midtown and stole a variety of items. (photo courtesy of the Milton Police Department)

Milton police are investigating a series of early morning thefts from unlocked vehicles earlier this week.

Between approximately midnight and 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, an unknown suspect or suspects reportedly entered at least 13 vehicles on seven residential streets in Milton’s midtown, Detective Cpl. Paul Locke said.

All of the affected vehicles were unlocked and parked in driveways on Ducks Court, Whisper Lane, Hillary Lane, Railroad Street, Villemaire Lane, Arrowhead Avenue and Lamoille Terrace, he said. Items taken include GPS devices, sunglasses, cash and a Leatherman multi-tool, Locke added.

If your car was entered but nothing was taken, police still want to know.

“It’s important for people to report it, because we track them,” Locke said. “It helps us know [the suspect] was in this area of town as well.”

A homeowner told police he confronted a man attempting to enter his Hillary Lane garage just after 1:40 a.m. but the male fled, Locke said.

Police obtained security footage from a Whisper Lane residence that shows a lone white male attempting to open the doors of two vehicles parked in the driveway. In the video, the male leaves empty-handed because the vehicles are locked, Locke said.

The male appears to be between 16 and 20 years of age with short, dark hair. He was wearing a jacket, backpack and dark pants.

“Lock your doors,” Locke said. “As you can see in the video, the doors that were locked [were] bypassed. [The suspect] didn’t break windows; they were looking for unlocked vehicles to go through,” he said.

Milton Police implore anyone with information about this incident to call the department at 893-6171 or email Paul Locke at paul.locke@state.vt.us. Or, call Champlain Valley Crimestoppers at 864-6666.

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