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McMinnville police investigate rash of car break-ins

Posted: Updated: Dec 18, 2012 09:11 PM

McMinnville police are looking for the thieves responsible for more than a dozen car break-ins during the past few weeks.

The cars targeted have been in three different neighborhoods, and the burglaries are happening in the middle of the night. Police said the number of victims so far is about 15 and that the most recent thefts were reported Friday.

One week ago, Elliott Abram's truck wasn't parked in the garage like it normally is, and now it's in the shop being repaired.

"I opened up the driver's side and I saw a pile of glass on the passenger seat, so I walked around and I noticed there was glass all over the driveway too," Abram said.

After accessing the damage, Abram noticed what was no longer there.

"I noticed that my DC to AC converter that I use for a cell phone and a laptop was missing and that was the only thing that was gone," Abram said.

Police were already in the area near Sunnywood Court taking a similar report.

"We watched the policeman take a fingerprint and the fingerprint was about half the size of my wife's, so it had to have been a child," said Abram about a potential suspect.

Police said they have no suspects, but are open to all possibilities.

One week earlier, someone targeted cars on Tamarack Street.

"I put the key in (the door) and I just noticed the window was totally gone and there was glass all over," said Dave Isom, who discovered he was a victim while he was preparing to leave for work.

The thief took more than $300 worth of Isom's tools that were sitting on the front seat.

"I was pretty upset and then I got to checking with some of the neighbors that evening and there was like nine or 10 people on this street alone that were hit," Isom said.

Both victims who spoke with Fox 12 will be out more than $500 when the cost of window repairs is added to the replacement value of the items taken.

Police said investigators hope fingerprints will lead to some answers in the case.

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