Crime

Nearly two dozen autos burglarized in the Lower Keys

At least 21 auto burglaries have been reported since Wednesday in the Lower Keys neighborhood of Key Haven and on Lower Sugarloaf Key, says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.



Detectives hope two surveillance videos that captured some of the crimes will help lead to an arrest. The Sheriff's Office says it might be one person responsible for all of the break-ins.



Thursday, at least three autos were burglarized on Bougainvillea Avenue in Key Haven, with a purse and credit cards taken from one of the cars and nothing taken from the other two. Those crimes were reported to the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning. Three more vehicles were entered on Tamarind Road on Sugarloaf Key and were also reported Wednesday morning.



Friday morning, the Sheriff's Office received reports of autos on Labrisa Lane, Marlin Drive, Jamaica Lane and Sugarloaf Boulevard entered overnight. Detectives say at least 15 vehicles were broken into and the suspect took loose change, a radar detector and sunglasses from those vehicles.



In all of the cases, the vehicles were unlocked.



Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The hotline number is (800) 346-TIPS.



"Remember to always lock your car doors," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. "Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity and suspects will generally only enter those vehicles that are left unlocked. Also, remove valuables from your vehicle -- many times suspects choose vehicles based on items they can see visible inside."

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