Columbus police had reports of a wave of car break-ins Monday, including four in the Midtown area, two of those at the Enterprise rental car company on Midtown Drive.
Two private vehicles customers left parked over the weekend at the 1856 Midtown Drive business were found to have shattered windows at 9 a.m. Monday, the break-ins having occurred sometime after 7 p.m. Friday.
One vehicle was a was a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to a 40-year-old Montclair Drive woman, who told officers three months’ worth of food vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program were missing. The thieves broke the front passenger’s window to gain entry, causing an estimated $350 in damage.
The other car was a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am belonging to a 32-year-old Milgen Road woman. Again the front passenger window was broken, and papers scattered inside the car showed someone had rummaged through it, police said. The owner was not immediately available to say what she’d left in the car.
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In the same area, car break-ins were reported in the 2900 block of Gardenia Street and the 1200 block of Rigdon Road.
Police also logged reports of automobile burglaries on Steam Mill Road, Flat Rock Road, Brittany Drive, Peabody Avenue, Talbotton Road and Cusseta Road.
Detectives regularly warn residents never to leave valuables in their vehicles where thieves can see the items, as “smash and grab” break-ins take only seconds to pull off, and perpetrators are not deterred by car alarms.