Deputy: Lock cars, homes

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputy is reminding residents to lock their cars and houses.

Deputy Denny Wilkinson said he handled three instances Saturday morning of vehicles being entered. Another law enforcement officer also handled a few calls. The sheriff’s office had no suspects Saturday morning.

“The vehicles have been unlocked,” Wilkinson said.

Law enforcement investigated reports of vehicles being entered in the 10000 block of West CR 28 and the 3000 block of West SR 18 Saturday morning.

Wilkinson said people have been going through glove boxes, looking for loose change. In one situation, vehicles at a SR 18 residence were entered, and money was taken. A vehicle belonging to a neighbor across the road had its glove box and center console ransacked, he said.

It seems like the vehicle entering incidents are happening in Hopewell and Jackson townships and the area toward Fostoria, Wilkinson said. The sheriff’s office also has investigated situations involving outside buildings that have been unlocked being entered and mailbox vandalism.

He recommended people leave lights on, lock vehicles that are outside and not leave money in the car.

Wilkinson said anyone who sees or hears something happening in their neighborhood should call the sheriff’s office. People also can try to get a plate number from a vehicle that might be involved.

In Tiffin, a 200-block Melmore Street resident went to the station Friday afternoon to report a theft from a vehicle.