There were four theft reports in the village of Archbold last week, two of which are similar to previous reports.
Martin Schmidt, Archbold Police chief, said the thefts could be connected.
In one case, a thief entered an occupied residence and stole audio equipment from a truck; in another case, an in-dash car stereo was taken.
Schmidt said a thief entered the home of Chad Grieser, 212 Farmington Road, between 11:30 pm, Saturday, June 28, and 6 am, Sunday June 29.
Grieser was at home at the time, Schmidt said.
The thief took a video game console, three game controllers, 15 games, 35 digital video discs, and set of car keys.
The thief also got into Grieser’s truck and took a car stereo amplifier and two 16-inch subwoofers.
An aftermarket in-dash car stereo was stolen from a sportutility vehicle owned by Ann Gracia, 216 Meadow Road, while parked at her residence.
That theft occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. that same Saturday and 11 am the following day.
There were two other theft reports. Mike Rosebrook, rural Archbold, reported while he was working in Memorial Park, he left a digital music player in the dugout at the baseball field. When he returned, the unit, valued at $250, was gone.
That theft occurred between 3 pm and 6 pm, Thursday, July 3.
Tami Thompson, Defiance, told police about $200 in cash was stolen from her car while it was parked in the Bil-Jax parking lot, Thursday, July 3.
Thompson said she left the cash on the seat of her car in the parking lot at about noon. She stayed near the car, but there were others in the vicinity. When she returned 15 minutes later, the cash was gone.
Police reports say the thefts were from unlocked vehicles, or make no reference to whether the vehicles were locked. There were no signs of forced entry at the Grieser home.
Schmidt said he believes the thefts are crimes of opportunity. The thief isn’t planning to strike a particular target; when the door is open, they take what they can.
Most of what’s taken has been aftermarket in-dash car stereos. Schmidt said the thief is able to remove the stereos without damaging the dash.
The best defense, Schmidt said, is to lock the doors.
"It’s no guarantee that it will keep someone out, but it might keep an opportunist from making entry," he said.- David Pugh