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Watertown residents protect themselves from car thieves

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Watertown police tell us they're investigating a series of car break-ins.

They say the warm weather may be the culprit which is bringing out criminals.

Some neighbors are being proactive against the thieves.

Watertown neighbors hear police are investigating a series of summertime crimes.

Glenn Johnson said "mostly into cars I believe, although there's been some things stolen out of garages too."

Neighbor Wayne Cram said "we live in a pretty safe area."

"I think it's the warm weather that's doing it," Cram said.

"It's people that don't have any money or they're just regular crooks," Cram added.

Police say someone broke into more than eight cars early Tuesday morning in the 1300 and 1600 block of 2nd Avenue SW.

Officers say warm weather brings out the thieves but lifelong Watertown resident Glenn Johnson said they don't go away for the winter.

"That happens winter or summer. It does not matter. There's always a problem. It's easy to lock the door but they don't lock the door. some break the glass, sometimes it doesn't do any good to lock the door," Johnson said.

So Johnson and Cram have some advice for their neighbors and their cars.

"You take care of your things. put them inside and put your car in the garage and keep the house locked with the keys out of the car," Cram said.

"It's a regular thing with us. They're always shut. Move the car out, the garage door comes shut," Johnson said.

And even though Johnson likes to keep his things locked up, he's a little surprised these thefts are happening in his hometown.

"It does for this city, it really does. We've have some problems here with vandalism and such as that," Johnson said.

Watertown police want your help in catching the car thief.

They're offering a reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for these thefts.

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