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'Lock your cars': Group of burglars hit 10 cars in Goodyear

The neighborhoods hit were Lucero, Overlook and Copper Ridge, between 1-4 a.m. in the Estrella Mountain Community, police said.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A group of burglars stole from at least 10 cars in Goodyear early Tuesday morning.

The Goodyear Police Department released surveillance video showing the group walking through driveways in the Estrella Mountain Ranch community. The suspects went up to cars, as they checked to see if they were unlocked to steal whatever was inside.

The Lucero, Overlook and Copper Ridge neighborhoods were hit between 1-4 a.m., police said.

“These were crimes of opportunity,” said Lisa Berry, a spokesperson for the department. “Most of those reports came in the early morning hours after the victim wakes up and notices their car has been rummaged through or items missing.”

David Hartwig lives in the Copper Ridge neighborhood. Although he wasn’t a victim this time, five years ago someone broke into his locked car and stole a purse left inside. The burglar “went on a spending spree,” he said.

That crime prompted him to install security cameras, but those did not deter burglars from doing it this time to Hartwig’s neighbors.

“I am surprised that they’re still doing it with how many cameras everybody has out here,” said Paul Kempa, who lives a street down from Hartwig.

Goodyear police are looking to identify the group of burglars and using this crime spree to remind drivers to lock their cars.

“Remove the valuables and park in a well-lit area, preferably a garage overnight,” Berry said.

Most of the cars that were targeted were unlocked, police said. No vehicles were stolen in this case.

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