Nick McWilliams reporting – Residents in the village of Tuscarawas have reported a rash of recent vehicle break-ins.

The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple instances of break-ins and theft, with over half a dozen in the last two days.

Sergeant Ed Jones says that the incidents have occurred in the overnight hours, and have involved unsecured vehicles and structures.

“As of right now, all the vehicles were unlocked. Which is obviously not a good thing. We want to remind everybody to keep their vehicles locked, as well as their garage doors. We want to make sure that they are down and secure. Especially in the evening and dark hours.”

Additionally, residents should never leave valuables in their cars, especially with the doors unlocked. If items must be left, Jones advocates for them to be hidden from plain sight.

He adds that overall, the office has seen more thefts and vehicle break-ins over the last few months.

“I believe with the price of gas, and other things, we’ve seen a little bit of a rise in some of our thefts. I believe these specific ones are related, and isolated to that area. I do have some video footage that I’m investigating.”

Residents who believe they have video and security camera footage that might have some evidence of thefts are urged to contact the sheriff’s office.

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