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Incidents of smaller-scale thefts increase during holiday season

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Police are continuing to track down all leads to determine which person or people are responsible for holding up two banks in Iowa City over the past month.

"It seems like it's some sort of law enforcement phenomenon in that you get a bank robbery and all of a sudden you get another one," said Sgt. Denise Brotherton with Iowa City police.

Officials say these types of armed robberies tend to happen in bunches, and have little to do with the holiday season or difficult economy.

"They're a criminal no matter what the economy is.  They're going to put people in danger and jeopardize the community because they're a criminal," Brotherton said.

Instead, it's a smaller-scale criminal that tends to habitually strike around Christmas.

"They have more of an opportunity this time of year because people are distracted and they're making those large purchases," Brotherton said.

Many police departments are reporting December brings with it an increase in the likes of car and home break-ins, and stolen merchandise.

Recent University of Iowa graduate Josh Weaver knows someone living on his street who is a victim of one of those car break-ins. 

"He had his window broken and they just stole his backpack, GPS, stuff like that," Weaver said.

Weaver has also witnessed this type of criminal activity in the streets outside his apartment firsthand.

"I've actually called the police before just to let them know there is people walking around messing with cars," he said 

He says that activity intensifies when people go home for the holidays.

Weaver is careful to not leave valuables inside the car.

Police urge people to use caution this time of year.  Officials recommend keeping valuables in the car out of sight.

 

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