Spate of car thefts prompts police advisory

POSTED: 07/24/11 1:02 PM

St. Maarten – A spate of car thefts early in the week has led the police to advise car owners to purchase alarm systems and GPS tracking systems for their cars. The police have also advised people not to leave their keys in their ignition, ensure all doors are locked, avoid parking their car in dark places and to be aware of their license plate number and the brand of their car.

The six incidents police reported Friday took place between Tuesday and Wednesday. The first theft on the list was a silver Kia Rio that was parked on Lily Road between 9:00 p.m. on August 19:00 pm and 3:00 a.m. on August 20.

The second report was for an attempted theft on G. Clement de Weever Road between 12:00 midnight and 1:30 a.m. on August 19. Unknown thieves smashed the window on the back door and destroyed the ignition switch.

Police have reported that thieves also broke into a car at Guana Bay Villas and stole a silver iPod. Thieves also recently made off with a 2003, four door, silver Subaru Impreza that was parked on Fan Coral Road between 5:30 p.m. on August 19 and 7:45 a.m. on August 20.

Police have also reported that a purple 2005 Daihatsu Charade that was parked on Madrid Drive was stolen between 5:30 p.m. on August 18 and 6:00 a.m. on August 19. A maroon colored Kia Ceraro has also been reported stolen from Potato Road between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The female owner said she’d parked her car on the road, only to come back and not find it.

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