According to the Sonoma County Sherrif's Office, a recent string of auto burglaries has left little for authorities to go on. There were allegedly 20 instances committed on one recent night alone, which may be related to an earlier rash of similar crimes in late May.
Authorities responded to one resident's home, who had woken up during the night to his dog's barking. As the suspect quickly attempted to leave the property, his vehicle became trapped in a gate, so he fled the scene on foot. After searching the area, at least 17 cars were found with doors ajar, dome lights on, or with other evidence that they had been accessed at some point during the evening.
Police have also reported another cluster of petty thefts from unlocked vehicles on Bennett Valley Road, Grange Road and Los Alamos Road, which officials believe were committed by the same individual or individuals.
So far, authorities report that all of the vehicles that have been entered were unlocked. Among the things taken were garage door openers, vehicle keys, loose change, and GPS devices. Left behind were items of substantially greater value, including laptops, iPhones, and iPads.