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Vandals strike northern area of city

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Late last week, several cars were vandalized in the vicinity of Collins, Halbert, Sherman and Colfax streets.

Several items were stolen from vehicles including a digital camera belonging to Debbie Fields.

"I can't believe they took my camera," Fields said.

"My first grandchild was born two weeks ago and all the hospital pictures were on the camera. Those memories are gone now, I can't get them back."

Residents in the area expressed anger over the situation.

"We are about ready to start patrolling the area with guns," Bob Fields said. "It's a sad day when you can't leave your car in your own driveway anymore without worrying. They broke into our car and it was less than 5-feet from the house. These thieves are really bold, and damn lucky I didn't catch them."

Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison said he wanted residents to be on alert for vandals.

"Residents need to take some simple precautions," Harrison said. "Secure your car. Roll up windows and lock doors. Make sure that valuable items aren't laying around where someone can just walk away with them. We've had a rash of bike thefts lately, in addition to car break-ins. If residents just take the time to lock their vehicles and lock up their valuables, they can deter a thief, and he'll have to go elsewhere."

In addition to basic lock-down rules, Harrison cautions residents to be aware of who is in their area and who doesn't belong.

"People tend to stick to their own parts of town," Harrison said.

"If you see someone you don't recognize, be alert. If you see a stranger poking around your house or a neighbors, call the police. It's better to be safe than sorry."

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