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Iowa City police crack down on car burglaries

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -Police have charged three Cedar Rapids teens with burglary.

Early Wednesday morning in Iowa City, an officer noticed one of the teens acting suspiciously in a parked car on Dodge street.

Upon further investigation, officers were able to tie the group of teens to several area car burglaries.

This criminal activity has been an ongoing problem in the neighborhood.

Just last week, Kyle Nakamoto of Iowa City was home when someone attempted to break into his car sitting in his own driveway.

"I heard a crash outside and then my car alarm went off, threw on some pants, ran outside but didn't see anybody around," Nakamoto said.

Nakamoto found his sideview mirror broken off and scratches on the side of his car.

He credits his alarm for scaring away the potential thieves, but he later learned this was not a one-time occurrence

"Three days later I found out my neighbors told me their car had been hit too, and another one of my roommates as well," Nakamoto said.

Paul Levy, who lives just down the street, says his roommate's car was broken into this past fall.

"Six months ago, he had his rear window broken out, they stole a case of CD's," he said.

Many in this neighborhood consisting predominately of students, share similar stories.

Police say they are taking a proactive approach to stopping these break-ins.

"We'll beef up our patrols in the downtown area where the students live in the apartment buildings, so we'll have more foot patrols, more bike patrols." Sgt. Denise Brotherton of the Iowa City police said.

Police are asking people to use common sense when parking their car overnight.

"We also encourage people, try not to be a target, don't leave those valuables in your vehicle. Try to park where it's light," Brotherton said. 

Many in the neighborhood are hoping to curb this criminal activity.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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