Police are warning residents to take precautions amid a spate of vehicle thefts and home burglaries.
Within the last month, Sgt. Don Cheli said, there have been six vehicle break-ins in Hood River. There have been even more stolen vehicles.
“We have had eight stolen vehicle reports since December. Four have been in the past week,” Cheli said.
Joseph Murray, 28, Hood River was arrested for allegedly stealing a car from the area of Ninth and Wilson Street. Vehicles were also stolen at Seventh and Prospect, Salmon Lane and E. Montello Avenue.
Two burglaries hit local homes in the last week, one at Eighth Street and one at 17th Street.
“In one case the owner was not home,” Cheli said. “In the other case the owners were asleep and somebody broke into their garage.”
Another man was arrested in connection to the burglary on Eighth Street as well as the stolen vehicle from Seventh and Prospect. Ryker T. Joyner was arrested by Washington State Patrol after a pursuit. Joyner had reportedly taken the stolen vehicle from Hood River to The Dalles. Once in The Dalles, he burglarized another home and stole a vehicle from that home, Cheli said.
HRPD recommends: Never leave your keys in your vehicle and lock the doors, use a security device like a steering wheel lock or a gear shift column lock, keep your car in a garage and lock the garage door, and never leave your car running while it’s unattended. If your vehicle is stolen, provide detailed information about the car, time it was stolen, and a description of anyone seen loitering around the car.
Home burglary prevention tips: Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed, leave lights on when you go out, keep your garage door closed and locked, and don’t allow mail to build up while you are away. You can arrange with the post office to hold your mail or you can arrange for a friend or neighbor to take these it, call the police immediately.