A rash of vehicle break-ins kept Escalon Police busy on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The calls came primarily in the Countrywood, Vine and Sophie Lane areas, with some of the break-ins resulting in items taken from vehicles and others just seeming to have had the contents of the vehicles gone through.
The first call came in at 3:40 a.m. from the 1500 block of Sophie Lane, when the caller found a subject inside his vehicle and gave chase, causing the suspect to flee the area.
Shortly before 8 a.m., a call from the 2200 block of Vine reported that two vehicles were rummaged through, though nothing appeared to be taken.
At 8:16 a.m. another call came in, this one from the 1700 block of Countrywood, with a vehicle rummaged through. The caller was uncertain if the vehicle had been locked overnight.
A locked vehicle in the 1500 block of Sophie was broken into and sunglasses taken, reported at 8:23 a.m.
A short time later, another call came in, from the 1600 block of Countrywood, with an unlocked vehicle entered and the attempted theft of the stereo reported.
Another case was reported at 11:51 a.m. with a phone charger missing and the glove compartment gone through in the 1500 block of Sophie. Shortly after 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 2200 block of Vine, where an unlocked vehicle was gone through; unknown if any items were missing.
Authorities said residents should keep vehicles locked at all times and, especially at this time of year, not store any packages or valuables in their vehicle.