Eagle police warn residents to lock garages, vehicles

A string of about a dozen recent burglaries targeted Eagle residents who left their garages open or unlocked, police said in a news release Friday.

Stolen items include an SUV with the keys inside, golf clubs and expensive tools.

Thieves entered four unlocked garages earlier this week — two on Laguna Shore Lane and two on Parkforest Way — taking cash, credit cards and other items, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports. The thieves also broke into several unlocked cars on the street or in driveways, according to a news release.

Other burglaries occurred earlier this summer at three subdivisions off Eagle Road and another in the State Street/Linder Road neighborhood, ACSO reports. The SUV thieves stole out of a unlocked garage in June was found abandoned days later in Nampa, according to the news release.

Investigators believe "the thieves are just cruising through neighborhoods looking for people who have left their garage doors open by accident — including side doors," according to the news release. "So the best way to avoid being a victim of theft is to make sure your homes and vehicles are locked all the time."

Anyone with information about the spate of burglaries is asked to call Eagle police at 938-2260. Eagle police are a division of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.