Thieves scored hundreds of dollars in stolen car stereo equipment during a recent overnight crime spree in the mid-valley.
The Hood River County Sheriff's Department spent Dec. 22 responding to car prowl reports along Summit Drive and both Wy'East and Bartlett roads. The automobiles had apparently been broken into sometime the previous night or during the early morning hours.
Detective Gerry Tiffany said most of the cars had been left unlocked and sustained about $200 in damage when the dashboard was ripped apart during removal of the electronic equipment. He said the replacement costs for the missing stereos vary from $80 to $200 and numerous CDs were also stolen.
Tiffany said there was likely more than one individual involved in the Hood River thefts, and that group could be linked with similar crimes that have occurred recently in both White Salmon and The Dalles. He said these individuals might also be the perpetrators in a rash of car prowls that plagued city residents earlier this year but yielded no arrests.
According to Tiffany, at least one mid-valley citizen reported unusual barking from his dogs about the same time deputies estimate the recent crimes were being committed -- and citizens should pay attention to such canine alerts.
"If your dogs start barking give us a call and we'll take a look around," said Tiffany.
He said all county residents should take the following precautions while the new theft cases are under investigation:
Never leave valuables in plain sight.
Park in a well-lit area if possible.
Get in the habit of locking the vehicle whenever and wherever it is left parked.
Anyone with information about the recent car prowls is asked to call Tiffany or Detective Bob Davison at 386-2098.