SHELBURNE –– Shelburne Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle-related thefts that occurred during the week of September 25 to October 2.
The week-long investigation, led by multiple officers and released by Sgt. Joshua Flore, has so far uncovered one stolen vehicle, one stolen utility terrain vehicle (UTV), and 14 vehicles that were entered during the overnight hours.
Several of the 14 vehicles that were entered had items stolen from within.
The incidents took place in various locations around Shelburne, including Longmeadow Drive, Collamer Circle, Martindale Road, Caspian Lane, Kimball Terrace Green Hills Drive, Sycamore Street, O’Brien Drive, Farmstead Drive, Hawley Road, Aspen Circle and Cheesefactory Road.
In order to prevent further thefts, the police department is urging residents to ensure their vehicles are locked and that all items of value, including car keys, are removed when the vehicle is unattended.
The recent thefts in Shelburne contribute to the exponential rise in motor vehicle thefts in Chittenden County over the past year.
The police department noted that many of the vehicles stolen in the county had keys in them at the time of the theft.