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SALT LAKE CITY — A spree of car break-ins overnight on the East side of Salt Lake has neighbors beside themselves. It appears that vandals went from car to car breaking windows and in several cases rifling through the stuff inside.
Strangely, some valuables were left behind, such as designer sunglasses and a Blackberry.
Resident Sandy Underwood went outside Tuesday morning and got some news that would ruin her morning.
"A runner had come by and said ‘your car just got hit,'" Underwood said. The runner told her that both she and her neighbor's windows had been broken out.
Sure enough, Underwood wasn't the only one to have their car vandalized, it happened to several in the area of 900 South and 1900 East. Early reports on the number of people hit ballooned wildly, but ultimately they had less than 10 car burglaries.
One of them was Rachel Manwaring is a college student who lives with four other women. Three of them had their cars vandalized.
"I just brought everything in last night for like no reason...like my laptop and my wallet," she said. "But I still had things out there that didn't get taken. So I don't know."
Police say the number of car burglaries isn't exactly up city-wide, but there has been some recent spree-type activity where vandals will come along and bust a bunch of windows. It causes many problems beyond just the lost items.
"We have to pay for body damage, the window damage, those kinds of things; it affects our insurance rates,"said SLCPD Det. Rick Wall. "So we don't like to see any of this happen."
He mentioned several recent similar cases, like one in the Avenues and another near Hillcrest High School. One man said that his car had been broken into three times in a two week span.
Police say they try to crack these cases as best they can. Their advice is to take valuables inside and just do a better job of looking out for neighbors and reporting any activity that looks suspicious.