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Thieves target unlocked cars

Police officers in Bethlehem and Guilderland have also noticed an increase in car burglaries this summer.

"We do see an increase of these cases during the summer when the kids are off," said Senior Investigator Tom Funk. "We seem to have a fair number of them in a month's time so we're wondering if we're going to put out a [notice]."

Funk said that the Guilderland Police Department is urging the public to call about all incidents of stolen goods from cars, even if it's just loose change.

Reporting even the smallest thefts will help the police department understand which neighborhoods are getting hit and which ones aren't, said Funk.

Funk and officers from Rotterdam and Bethlehem said that, despite the similarities, the crimes in the different municipalities were not likely related.

"I think every town in every city faces these things in the summer when kids are off and they're out late at night and hanging out in the streets," said Funk. "I'm not sure if they're related or not. Sometimes in the past they've been related and sometimes they're not."

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