From staff reports

A rash of about nine burglaries Friday and Saturday — six occurring in the same general vicinity — has New Braunfels Police Department personnel asking the public for its vigilance in deterring would-be thieves from accessing vehicles and stealing property.

Five of six vehicles burglarized in the area of Broadmoor Drive, Raven Ridge and Walnut Heights appeared to have been unlocked at the time of the burglaries, NBPD Lt. Heath Purvis said. He said vehicle burglars typically look inside the automobiles for items of value in plain sight before striking.

“The police department urges you to always take valuables into your house or hotel room with you,” Purvis said, noting at least one burglary over the weekend happened at a hotel. “If for some reason that isn’t an option, they need to lock the items in their trunk out of sight.”

The break-ins Friday and Saturday took place at:

• The 2300 block of Gruene Lake Drive, where a witness reported seeing a man stick his hand in an open vehicle window and unlock the door to gain access, Purvis said.

• At Walmart in the 1200 block of Interstate 35 South, where a thief damaged the vehicle’s door lock to gain entry and stole items.

• At a hotel in the 1500 block of I-35 North, where the key area of the door was also damaged and items stolen.

In the 400 block of Raven Ridge, where someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole electronics accessories.

In the 1700 block of Broadmoor Drive, where crooks opened three vehicles — two were unlocked and a third showed no forced signs of entry, Purvis said — and stole a watch, music CDs, an iPod dock and a bible.

In the 300 and 500 blocks of Walnut Heights, where a garage door opener, vehicle owner’s manual and a global positioning system device were stolen from two unlocked vehicles.

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