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Ft. Madison police investigating string of weekend burglaries

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FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -

Authorities in Fort Madison are investigating a string of weekend burglaries.

A handful of burglaries were reported near Victory Park, but several other break-ins and vandalism were reported all across town.

Police said most of the cases were a crime of opportunity with people leaving their car doors unlocked and valuables in sight.

"We stayed up last night and kind of just watched out to see if there was anyone that was out in the neighborhood and it seems like we can never catch them," said Leslie Dodge. 

Dodge said she is now being more vigilant in her neighborhood after she was a victim in a string of 20 burglaries and acts of vandalism in Fort Madison. But Dodge said this isn't the first time this has happened to her.

"This is the second time that we have had a gas tank taken off the boat. We had a smaller one taken a few months ago and we have had little things here and there that have came up missing," said Dodge.

For Madison Police Captain Bruce Gustafson said he thinks the spike in this weekend's crime has to do with the nice weather.

"I think we had a good weekend where the weather was good, and people were out and it just provided that much more opportunity for bad people to do things," said Gustafson.

Gustafson said while there were many different crimes, the majority of them were car break-ins.

"People leave their vehicles unlocked and when they do that they are providing that opportunity for the thief to take whatever is inside especially if they leave items of value visible inside the car like a laptop or a cell phone," said Gustafson.  

Gustafson said there are some things you can do to prevent becoming a target.

"Keep your vehicles locked and your windows up and take your vehicles with you. We don't have stolen vehicles or cars in this area that are hot wired. It always seems like the people keep their keys in the car," said Gustafson.

If you have any information, you're urged to call the Ft. Madison Police Department at (319) 372-2525.

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