A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department says the SDPD is warning all residents and visitors to be mindful of locking their cars when they visit the zoo.
There’s been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the adjacent parking lot, they said, and they’re happening almost every day.
One visiting family said when they returned back to their rented SUV everything had been taken. The suitcases and medications were gone and all that was left was a single pair of pants. They even reported having a hard time getting through airport security because their daughter’s ID had been among the things that were taken.
Zoo representatives say it’s the responsibility of the San Diego Police Department to patrol those lots, and that there aren’t any security cameras to pull footage from.
The SDPD says the best way to deter criminals is to make sure that there isn’t anything left out in plain sight. Stash all items under seats or in the trunk, and the same goes for electronic charging devices.
If burglars see an iPad charger that’s left out on the seat, they figure there’s a good chance an iPad can be found somewhere in the car.
The department is still pursuing leads in these cases and have said that once the criminals are caught they’ll be booked into one of the San Diego County jails. Bail bonds information will be set based on the charges the burglars are brought in on.
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