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Property crimes up in Lantana

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Police are asking Lantana residents to lock their cars and secure their valuables after a recent rash of vehicle break-ins.

At least nine incidents where items were taken out of parked cars and trucks occurred in several Lantana neighborhoods between Jan. 24 and Feb. 1, according to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said that just about all of the vehicles were unlocked.

Vacant and under construction homes are also being targeted by opportunistic thieves.

A foreclosed home was stripped of all its appliances in the 9000 block of Charles St. in Azalea on Jan. 31.

Highland Homes reported thefts at two of their homes under construction this week; at 8212 Bayberry in Bandera, where two rolls of plastic sheathing and 76 pieces of rebar were taken; and 8925 Cypress Creek in Wimberley, in which a stainless steel refrigerator was stolen.

The recent spate of incidents in Lantana follows a busy year in the development for the Denton County Sheriff’s Department.

Calls for service to the Sheriff’s Department from Lantana increased 27 percent from 2008 to 2009. Last year, there were 1,397 police runs reported, including 24 burglaries, 29 thefts, and 15 cases of criminal mischief.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 940-349-1600.

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