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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People have been flocking to parks all around eastern Iowa thanks to the rising temperatures and sunshine.

Unfortunately, thieves have been too.

Becky Hauder says she was biking with her husband on the Heritage Trail this weekend. When they got back from their ride, they discovered their driver's side window had been smashed, and a wallet stolen out of the center console.

"We've been coming here for five or six years, and never had that happen," Hauder said.

She said they've always been conscious about what they take with them, and what they leave in the car.

"I never bring my purse, I know better, but you have to have your wallet with you just in case something happens, and biking holding a wallet is a bit of a challenge, but I think that is going to change," she said.

Capt. Dale Snyder with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office said they see break-ins like this happen almost every year.

And this wasn't the only one. Anthony Siegworth and Hailey Beck reported a break-in last week at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area.

They reported more than $500 stolen.

As for Hauder, she counts herself lucky. She said it could've been much worse.

"There was a lot of other things in our vehicle they could've taken, it was our boys' fishing car," Hauder said. "There was very expensive fishing poles, hunting equipment, Carhartt gear. Our garage door opener, they obviously had our home address...there was a lot of other things they could've taken."

And she said she won't let it deter them from using the trail, either.

"No, we will continue to use the trail, obviously, and my husband will keep his wallet with him in the future," she said.

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