Cullman Police report rash of vehicle break-ins


CULLMAN –  Cullman Police say a number of vehicles have been broken into recently and one stolen. Reports show two incidents on Monday and five on Tuesday this week. All have been on the city’s southwest side, first on Cherokee Avenue and then in the area of Greenbriar Drive.

According to Sgt. Todd Chiaranda, “In the early morning hours of Jan. 8, 2019, property was stolen from several vehicles in the Greenbriar Drive area of southwest Cullman. Six victims who live within a few blocks of each other reported a number of items were taken from their vehicles, which were parked in their driveways. The total reported loss thus far is in excess of $850.”

Chiaranda said a car was also stolen.

“A 2003 Toyota Corolla was also stolen from one of the residences. The vehicle was later recovered where it was abandoned in the Warrior area,” he said.

Chiaranda urges citizens to come forward if they have been victimized.

“I encourage anyone who is a victim and has not yet reported the crime, please do so. The recovery of your property may be the evidence needed to identify and charge the persons who committed these crimes.

Tip from Todd

“A trio of thieves can hit several neighborhoods in just a few hours with little chance of alerting their victims, spending less than a minute in each vehicle they find unsecure. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of simple preventative measures such as locking vehicle doors, not leaving valuables visible from the outside of the vehicle and not leaving keys in the vehicle’s ignition. Prevention is the best strategy.”

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