Thefts from unlocked vehicles

Recently, the City of Winters experienced a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles and a stolen vehicle report. Each of these cases (6 in total) involved unlocked vehicles. Items taken included wallets and assorted cash; all appeared to be crimes of opportunity involving items left in plain sight. The thefts have occurred throughout the city regardless if the vehicle was parked in a driveway or on the street.

One resident was able to provide video from a home security camera (a photo from the video clip of the subject is below). We are asking residents on the following streets to check their cameras for activity between 10 pm on Sunday, February 9th to 6 am on Monday, February 10th: Main St, East Main St, Creekside Way, Red Bud Ln, Anderson Ave, and Riverview Ct. Any information regarding suspicious persons in your neighborhood can be reported anonymously by calling 530-795-4561.

The Winters Police Department reminds residents that leaving vehicles unlocked and items visible in your vehicle provides an opportunity for thieves to enter your vehicle and take your possessions with little effort.

To help prevent theft always:
• Park in a well-lighted area, if possible
• Lock your vehicle always and activate the security system
• Never leave valuables, including firearms, in your vehicle
• Secure all items from view. If it can be seen, it can be stolen
• Report any suspicious activity to Winters Police at 530-795-4561 for non-emergency. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Always remembering to “REMOVE IT, LOCK IT, OR LOSE IT” reduces your chance of being the next victim.

Media inquiries: 530-795-2261

Photo of a person of interest