In the last two weeks, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office has received about 20 reports of items stolen from parked cars. The vehicles in Southeast and in Putnam Valley were left unlocked. The items that were stolen include cash, credit cards, GPS devices and other electronics.
There were also two cars reported stolen in Southeast last Monday and Tuesday. The cars were left unlocked. One was later found abandoned in Westchester County.
Police are reminding people to lock their cars, including when they are parked at home. Sheriff Donald Smith says thieves can be opportunistic , and items left visible in unlocked cars can be alluring. At this time of year, especially, thieves know that people might leave Christmas presents or holiday shopping money in their cars.