Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2014

Police probe smash and grab crimes at Lotito Park

BLUEFIELD, Va. —  The Bluefield, Va., Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle thefts a Lotito Park.

The smash and grab crimes occurred late Monday evening, Police Chief Harry Cundiff said. In each instance, cash and other items were stolen from the vehicles.

“They got quite a bit of cash,” Cundiff said. “One person had a large amount of money (stolen), and another had a lesser amount of money. It was smash and grabs to the vehicles.”

Cundiff said he ordered extra patrols for Tuesday’s Mercer Cup contest between the Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays due to the large number of vehicles that are expected to be parked at Bowen Field for the game.

Cundiff said area residents are reminded to keep their wallets, pocket books, electronics and other valuables out of visible view.

“People need to exercise extreme caution as to leaving things in plain view,” Cundiff said. “If you are going to leave it (in the vehicle) then lock the purse or wallet in a storage box or trunk. Folks just need to be more careful when leaving items in view. Don’t leave things that are tempting that are in sight.”

Cundiff said the Bluefield, Va. Police Department has made a couple of recent arrests in terms of vehicle breaking and enterings, including a recent arrest at the Westgate Shopping Center.

Cundiff said police are still actively investigating the thefts at city park. Anyone with information concerning the crimes is asked to contact the Bluefield, Va. Police Department at 276-326-2621.

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