In two instances, the vehicles were broken into, and in the other two cases, the vehicles were left unlocked. Other car owners who found their unlocked vehicles ransacked but nothing significant missing in the area surrounding the 1600 block of Wendy Way did not file reports with the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
"Vehicles left unsecured and valuables left in plain view continue to contribute to our residential crime," wrote Crime Prevention Officer Stephanie Martin in an email. "Personal property is just that, 'personal'. Please make every effort to secure your personal property and reduce crime. Remember... Lock it or lose it!"
The one person who did file a report had a bag containing several miscellaneous items stolen from their unlocked vehicle that was parked on the street sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 and 29. The incident happened in the 1600 block of Wendy Way; the unreported incidents took place in the 1700 and 1900 blocks, according to police.
Then, on Dec. 29, police took a report of a stolen checkbook from a center console in an unlocked vehicle parked on the street in the 2200 block of Wendy Way between 2 and 5:30 a.m. Other items were missing from a rear compartment.
A stereo was removed from a vehicle dashboard sometime between 10 a.m. Dec. 24 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 29, said police. The suspect punched a door lock to enter the vehicle which was on the 1600 block of Artesia Blvd.
Another vehicle was broken into sometime between 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 25 in the 1600 block of 22nd St. The suspect smashed the driver's side window and stole an iPhone form the center console. The vehicle was parked on the street.