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Rittman police chief warns of dozens of thefts from vehicles

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RITTMAN — Rittman police are investigating multiple thefts from vehicles reported since Independence Day.

“It is all over the whole city. I would say five miles,” Chief Ray Arcuri said Monday.

Between Wednesday and Sunday, there were 58 incidents of vehicles being entered and contents stolen, according to police records.

Arcuri said each vehicle was unlocked, and stolen items included change, cash, wallets, gift cards, a watch, prescription medication and a small folding knife.

“We believe it is probably two or three people targeting a neighborhood at a time,” he said.

Thefts were reported on 24 streets throughout the city.

Police have multiple suspects and are working to obtain surveillance footage that could help identify them, Arcuri said.

“We have a couple (suspects) in mind that are adults, but nothing confirmed yet,” he said. “Nothing valid enough to make a case.”

Arcuri said no further incidents have been reported since Sunday, and a specific loss estimate is not available.

“Definitely in the thousands,” he said.

Arcuri said it is important for residents to keep their vehicles locked.

“The best thing is lock it up because it doesn’t look like they are trying to force entry. They are just looking for an easy target,” he said.

“Move the valuables to the trunk or take them indoors, and just be sure to lock your car at all times, even in your own driveway.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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