PENDLETON Thieves have entered or broken into at least nine vehicles since Sunday in Hermiston, police reported, and have taken video games, wallets and more.
The latest wave of break-ins began Saturday night to Sunday morning and targeted unlocked vehicles at Viewcrest Apartments, 525 S.W. 13th Place. One man reported the theft of his handheld video game system, two games and a car charger for his portable media player, while other callers said someone entered cars but didnt take anything.
A fourth caller reported the theft of four tires and wheels worth $2,000 from the bed of his pickup on East Hurlburt Avenue.
Culprits also struck late Sunday to early Monday along East Ridgeway Avenue and Northeast Seventh Street. Two callers told police someone broke out windows to get into her vehicles, and one woman said someone took her purse, $50 in coins, drivers license, registration, insurance information and Social Security cards for herself and her two children. Others said the would-be plunderers opened unlocked doors and looked through vehicles but took nothing.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said weather plays a significant role in crime, and he urged residents to be more vigilant about their property. People should remove belongings from vehicles, he said, lock the doors and keep on outside lights to make their vehicle hard targets.