• Seminole deputies warn residents about rash of car burglaries


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A rash of car break-ins in the Seminole County has deputies warning resident to lock up their cars.
    According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Department, there have been nearly 100 reported car burglaries in the past month.
    Most of the break-ins are happening in public parking lots, sheriff's officials said.
    On Wednesday, deputies handed out flyers warning drivers that they should lock their car doors or they too could become theft victims.
    "This is just a location we feel we can reach the most people," said Kim Cannaday of the Seminole County Sheriff's Department.
    The burglaries have been happening in the southeastern part of the county around Oviedo and Winter Springs.
    Sheriff's officials said that in most of the theft cases the victims' cars have been left unlocked, and in several cases keys were even found in the vehicle, which could make it easy for crooks to just take the car.
    Deputies said in some of the cases, thieves have stolen cars using the valet key that's often in the vehicles' owners' manuals.
    According to deputies, many drivers don't realize there is a valet key in their glove compartment.

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