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Police arrest four after string of car thefts in Cambridge

Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm EDT

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Four people ranging in age from 13 to 20 years old have been arrested in connection with a string of car thefts in the Cambridge area.

Police say their BEAT unit began investigating last month after numerous vehicles were targeted and stolen.

In some cases, drivers had left their keys in their vehicles, and in others, suspects would break into unlocked homes to steal the keys and drive away.

“This is really a crime of opportunity, so if you make it easy for the thief to steal something, chances are it will get stolen,” says Cherri Greeno, spokesperson for the Waterloo Regional Police Service. “The concept seems pretty simple, yet a lot of people aren’t getting the message.”

“A lot of the times, in the winter months, people will leave their vehicles running in their driveway in the morning to warm up. Thieves know this, and a lot of times, they’ll be standing by, waiting for the opportunity to take that vehicle,” says Greeno.

Police say they’re still working to determine just how many vehicles were stolen, and their investigation is ongoing.