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Sheriff’s Office Issues Warning About Unlocked Garages

© Leesburg Today - 06/30/2015

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is alerting residents to lock their vehicles and close garage doors after several Ashburn burglaries in which thieves entered through garages.

Since June 4, there have been four area burglaries in which suspects entered homes through an exterior garage door and an unlocked interior garage door while the residents were home. In two of the cases, it appeared someone used a garage door opener from unlocked cars parked in a driveway to gain access.

Residents are advised to close garage doors when they are not outside, to lock their vehicles or park them inside a closed garage door, and to secure all exterior windows and doors. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported by calling the non-emergency line at 703-777-1021.

In the June 4 incident, a Forest Manor Drive resident reported that a man walked into the home around 1:30 a.m. He yelled and the suspect fled. The garage to the home was left open and the interior garage door was unlocked. A wallet was taken from the victim's vehicle.

Between June 11 and June 12, someone entered a Poole Court home by using a garage door opener from the resident's unlocked car parked outside. A tablet, jewelry and purses were taken.

The third burglary occurred between June 27 and June 28 at a Red Shale Court residence. In this case it appears someone entered the home through an open garage door and unlocked interior garage door. Cash and wallets were taken. Some of the stolen wallets were recovered in the Sterling area.

Overnight on June 27 someone entered an Auction Barn Drive home using a garage door opener from an unlocked car. Antique coins, jewelry and a firearm were reported taken.

Anyone with information about the cases should contact Dulles South Station Detective R. Schmidt at 703-777-0488.

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