Auto burglaries skyrocket

August 20, 2010

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Department is warning the public not to leave money or valuables in their cars because of a spike in auto burglaries.

Deputies said there have been more than 100 burglaries in the past 90 days in unincorporated parts of the county.

In one of the burglaries, which occurred at the Park-n-Ride lot near Highway 101 outside Santa Margarita, thieves took $25,000 in cash receipts as well as a California Department of Corrections uniform. A local woman had placed a bag with the money in it under her seat while she went with her husband to the movies.

When they returned, they discovered that someone had broken out the window and taken their things.

The couple has put up a $1,000 for information that leads to the recovery of their cash. Anyone with any information on the Santa Margarita case, or any auto burglaries, are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP or go to

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Who leaves $25,000 cash in their vehicle? Wasn’t there room in this woman’s purse for that money? First, I’d NEVER carry that much cash around EVER. Second, I sure as heck wouldn’t leave it in the car.

I agree, this seems fishy to me. It sounds like an inside job.

Just try explaining it to your insurance agent.

These kinds of crimes of opportunity go in spurts. You’ll have someone new move to town or come here on an extended visit to grandma, and go on a spree. Groups of kids run around at night checking car doors. When they find an open one, they get inside and steal whatever is handy. And if the car is locked and they see a laptop or purse or wallet, they smash the window and grab it and run. And you can probably find your stuff for sale at the local swap meets.

These crimes are almost never solved either.

Moral of the story is two fold — never leave valuables in the car’s passenger compartment (the trunk is better) and always lock your car doors.

What is very fishy to me, is there are lots of vehicles parked at that location daily and only this one has the $25,000 in cash hidden under the seat and only this one is broken into? Sounds like someone knew about the cash, the car and that it would be there unguarded…

There are always rashes of vehicle breakins, mainly by tweekers looking for smash and grab items they can pawn or sell for drug money. But people don’t leave large sums of cash lying around in a car and then go to the movies…

I sure hope they investigate that $25,000 burglary REAL close. The CDC group is just seething with corruption, and this story sounds VERY fishy to me.