Thieves Targeting Unlocked Cars and Garages on Grand Island

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y (WKBW) Police and Town of Grand Island officials are warning residents to take precautions after nearly a dozen larcenies occurred in the North East part of Grand Island.

Erie County Sheriffs say criminals stole cash, laptop computers, and electronic devices from nearly a dozen vehicles located in areas around Grand Island High School.

In all cases, the vehicles were left unlocked, and in at least two cases, the suspects went through open garage doors to steal items from cars parked inside.

Authorities are now strongly reminding the public to make sure vehicles and garage doors are locked with valuables removed from the car.

Erie County Sheriffs and the Grand Island Police have stepped up patrols in the affected areas.

Law enforcement is urging anyone who feels that their car or home was tampered with, even if nothing was taken, to call police so they can tack were the thieves are operating.

Police believe it may be a couple of individuals and the detectives have collected some evidence, but the search for the suspects continues.

Law enforcement says the individuals involved could face burglary, larceny, and trespassing charges.