OCSO: Spike in car break-ins along stretch of Apopka-Vineland Rd - FOX 35 News Orlando

OCSO: Spike in car break-ins along 4-mile stretch of Apopka-Vineland Road

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After 25 car break-ins in just 30 days, investigators are trying to get the word out to residents living in the Bay Hill area to make sure they lock their cars and don't leave valuables in plain sight. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says one of the hardest hit areas is the Bay Ridge subdivision.

There are now two portable, digital billboards along Apopka-Vineland Road in the Bay Hill area saying: "Stop car break-ins. Remove your items. Lock your doors."

Countywide, Lt. Dominick Galiano says there have been 14 percent more car break-in this past January than the same month last year. 

Deputies say subdivisions along a four-mile stretch of Apopka-Vineland Road is where they've seen the biggest problem of car break-ins in the last 30 days.

"They're targeting unlocked vehicles or vehicles with high-end electronics inside in plain view," said Lt. Galiano.

Break-ins were so bad in the Pembroke and Bayridge subdivisions that deputies left notices on homeowners' front doors last week and put out automated calls to warn residents of the problem. 

"It's concerning," said Richard Cavano, a resident of the North Bay subdivision. "It's a feeling of being uncomfortable,"

Cavano said thieves broke into his next door neighbor's car twice and pointed out his neighbor's new surveillance cameras. 

"He caught somebody in the act," Cavano said. "It went off inside, apparently, and he came out and they ran away, and he chased them."

Lt. Galiano said deputies have made arrests in a few cases, but warns that hasn't stopped the recent streak of break-ins. So for now, investigators are asking everyone to lock their cars, stow their valuables and be on high alert.

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