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Police: Rise in theft crimes in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is warning residents of the rise in thefts they've seen in the last five days.

They're asking residents to lock car doors and homes.

Since May 15th, officers responded to at least 18 reports of thefts from cars and only three people had their doors locked, according to police.

Specific items stolen include cash, lottery tickets, wallets, purses, tablets, laptops, prescription medications and two handguns.

Cedar Rapids Police spokesperson Greg Buelow says the two guns are registered as stolen guns and have been entered into the National Crime Information Computer database used by law enforcement throughout the country.

"Hopefully, if someone purchases a weapon they look for proof of ownership from the seller to make sure they aren't buying a stolen gun. There is no guarantee that these weapons won't be used for other criminal activity. Someone took what didn't belong to them so they have already committed a crime," said Buelow.

Cedar Rapids Police tell us between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, they responded to five burglaries all on the city's northeast side

KWWL spoke with Correy Daum, she lives on the northeast side and is a victim of the recent thefts and burglaries.

"They actually came in through the garage, through the backyard and into the house," said Daum. "I didn't figure out somebody had broken in until the next day, because they had propped my back door open, like they were going to be coming and going and then I noticed my purse was missing, my keys and all that."

She says her valuables were stolen while she slept through the burglary.

"It's a little concerning because we bought this house because it's a nice quite neighborhood and now i'm starting to question that. But I love the neighborhood and the people," said Daum.

Buelow says the department is always concerned when even one gun is stolen and is potentially in the hands of someone who will get hurt or hurt others.

Working with the community and by providing prevention tips, Buelow says they hope to reduce thefts and burglaries within Cedar Rapids.

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