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Car break-ins are big drain on Cheney police time

(Editor's note: This is part-one of a two-part series on the crime of car prowling and the subsequent break-ins that follow. Part two next week examines the insurance component.)


August 31, 2017

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Most car break-ins reported in Cheney come through unlocked doors.

Soon the population of Cheney will grow by thousands as students return to Eastern Washington University for the 2017-18 school year.

But there's another number that always seems to increase with this influx of people - car break-ins. This is not to say that students are the perpetrators, but rather a great deal of the time are those who are victimized.

Statewide, thefts from motor vehicles rank No. 2 in the larceny-theft category of reported crimes at 32 percent, not far behind all other theft at 38.5 percent.

According to Cheney Police Department Capt. Rick Beghtol, as of Aug. 16, his age...

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