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Tool thieves target cars at home improvement stores

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Evanston Police say they’ve seen an increase in the theft of tools from vehicles in the parking lots of stores frequented by contractors and do-it-yourselfers.

Cmdr. Brian Henry says patrons at such stores, especially construction workers, should secure their vehicles before entering the store and keep expensive tools out of sight. “If your vehicle has a toolbox be sure it is locked at all times,” Henry says.

Henry says a substantial number of such thefts involve cars that have been left unlocked.

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