Car break-ins hit Melbourne


MELBOURNE — A thief or thieves got away with a variety of items after breaking in to at least three vehicles this week in Melbourne.

Melbourne Police Chief Mike Ball reports that his office received three complaints of car burglaries over the course of two days in the community — two on Monday and one report on Tuesday.

Ball said it’s likely the break-ins are related, but at the very least, the thief or thieves were aided in their efforts by the fact that all three vehicles were unlocked at the time of the incidents.

“They were all ‘grab and run’ cases; they went through the glove boxes, took paperwork, wallets and other personal belongings,” he said.

Ball said while it’s unfortunate that these incidents occurred, it’s also an opportunity to remind everyone that regardless of where they park their vehicles, it’s a good idea to keep cars or trucks locked.

Those with any information about these incidents should contact the Melbourne Police Department at (641) 482-3338, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 754-6380 or the Marshall County Communications Center at (641) 754-5725.