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.
In total, 14 cars have been taken from driveways and 7 from garages. Other communities are facing similar problems. These thefts are occurring during daytime hours and are all about opportunity.
— City of Woodbury MN Public Safety (@WoodburyMNPS) August 9, 2021
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.
There have been fourteen vehicles stolen in the city in the last several days; five in the last two hours. All of these vehicles were parked with keys in them, some in garages that were left open. Officers are working hard to find the suspects, but we need your help.
— City of Woodbury MN Public Safety (@WoodburyMNPS) August 5, 2021
Several suburban police departments recently said they are seeing a similar increase in thefts of and from vehicles.