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Cash and carry: Thief hits Williams neighborhood

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Police Department is searching for a suspect or suspects in a rash of car burglaries that occurred the night of Nov. 11 in Williams.

Sometime during Sunday night or early Monday morning, 13 vehicles were burglarized in several south side neighborhoods.

According to Police Chief Herman Nixon, the burglaries took place between Sixth Street and Eleventh Street and south to Park Drive.

Nixon said none of the vehicles were damaged in the break-ins — all were left unlocked

“We don’t get them too often,” Nixon said. “Last time was a couple years ago, but people need to lock their doors.”

Nixon said whomever committed the burglaries only took items that could be used immediately.

“We think it was a transient,” he said. “Only small stuff like clothing and change were taken. We had a couple cars with jewelry that wasn’t taken.”

Nixon said he believes it was a crime of opportunity and the suspect or suspects were looking for items that could be used right away.

Nixon said it has been a few years since the community has experienced a series of car burglaries.

“Last time it was some kids, and we caught them,” he said. “Occasionally we will get true car break-ins that occur at the hotels, but they go in spurts.”

Nixon said the city has also been a past target for thieves on I-40 who hit each community along the freeway as they cross the state.

“We haven’t had those in a while,” he said.

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