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Prowlers Hit More Than A Dozen Coeur d’Alene Cars

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – A rash of car thefts in Coeur D'Alene has more than a dozen people frustrated – even angry.

They appear to have been centered in two neighborhoods: just east of downtown, and in a residential development in NW Coeur D'Alene.

There doesn't seem to be much physical damage – just a lot of rummaging through cars, a few items missing, and doors left ajar.

In some cases, door were left unlocked; but in others, the thieves simply picked the locks.

One of the victims we spoke with is Julie Kress.

Despite a street light on her corner, someone crept up her driveway Sunday night to pick the locks of her car.  They ransacked the inside, and stole a deposit bag she had for work, as well as her bowling bag, which had winnings from a recent raffle inside, totaling more than $300.

"It's really frustrating," Kress said.  "It just makes you so mad to think that you work hard {for what you have} – I'm a waitress, I don't make a lot of money."

She says a brand new snowblower was stolen right off her porch in February, so this is the second time in a few months she's been hit.  She's lived in the area some 40 years, and never had problems before, but now she's putting motion lights up in the driveway to stop the thieves from coming back.

In one of the Coeur D'Alene police reports, it appears the suspect(s) left a white backpack with a wallet and credit cards sitting right on the passenger seats of one of the cars they targeted.  Police found that backpack was also stolen.

But so far, no tracks on the suspect(s).

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