Woodbury police report 21 auto thefts in 11 days

In a tweet last week, police said five vehicles were stolen within two hours.

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Woodbury has experienced 21 auto thefts in 11 days, the police department said in a statement Monday.

Fourteen vehicles were stolen from driveways and seven were taken from garages between July 30 and August 9. Police received reports of seven additional attempts where unlocked vehicles were entered but not stolen.

“Other communities are facing similar problems. These thefts are occurring during daytime hours and are all about opportunity,” police said.

Police advised residents to lock their vehicles, remove the keys, and close their garage doors, even if they’re home.

“Officers have been scouring the neighborhoods, attempting to educate residents and find the suspects, but we still need the community’s help,” Woodbury police said.

In a tweet last week, police said five vehicles were stolen within two hours. In all five cases, the vehicles were parked with the keys inside.

Several suburban police departments recently said they are seeing a similar increase in thefts of and from vehicles.