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Thieves targeting cars in Cicero area parking lots

In the past couple of weeks, iPods, iPads, GPS devices, jewelry, money, cigarettes and even a leather jacket have been stolen from vehicles parked in restaurant and store parking lots in Cicero.
Cicero (WSYR-TV) -- In the past couple of weeks, iPods, iPads, GPS devices, jewelry, money, cigarettes and even a leather jacket have been stolen from vehicles parked in restaurant and store parking lots in Cicero.

This time the thieves are not targeting unlocked cars.

"They're smashing windows, breaking handles, prying doors open and removing all of the contents while people are eating," said Cicero Police Investigator Jim Meyers.

A van caught on a surveillance camera in the parking lot at the time of one of the break-ins is the only lead investigators have right now. The van is believed to be a dark-colored, late 90s to early 2000s, Chevy Astro or express van.

“It’s not a common van. There are not a whole lot of them around,” Investigator Meyers said.

There have been at least 10 vehicle break-ins and one was particularly upsetting for a family from Canada.

“They took all of their suit cases, all of their luggage, all of their purses, everything they could possibly get their hands on they had taken,” Meyers continued.

If you recognize, or know anything about the van pictured, call Cicero Police Investigator Jim Meyers at 699-3677, extension 18.

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