Friday, September 24, 2021

FMPD urges prevention after string of vehicle burglaries

Photo courtesy of FMPD.

Flower Mound police want to remind residents to take extra precautions to avoid being a victim of a common Christmastime crime: vehicle burglaries.

On Thursday alone, Flower Mound police were called about five vehicle burglaries that totaled almost $5,000 in damage and loss, according to a department Twitter post. Three of the vehicles were in residential areas, one at a park and one was left running in front of a business. All but one of them had been left unlocked.

Two vehicles were burglarized on Homestead Street, near Lamar Middle School in northeast Flower Mound. A GPS and $160 cash were taken from one vehicle, and property valued about $160 was taken from a work truck.

Nearby, a vehicle parked in a driveway on Prairie Creek Drive was rummaged through, but nothing was taken.

Someone else left their vehicle running and unlocked in front of a business on Garden Ridge Boulevard, and their purse, containing items valued more than $2,600, was stolen from the passenger seat.

And at the Hound Mound park, 1200 Garden Ridge Boulevard, someone broke a rear window and stole a backpack from a vehicle. The items inside the backpack were worth more than $600, and the damage was about $600. The suspect later tried to make an online purchase out of New York with the victim’s credit card, but was denied.

Remember to always Take, Lock and Hide: Take your belongings out of your vehicle whenever possible, always lock your vehicle when you leave it, and hide any belongings out of plain sight.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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