DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — Two Northeast Indiana counties are seeing an increase of vehicle break-ins, a sheriff said Wednesday morning.
Adams County Sheriff Dan Mawhorr said both Adams and Wells Counties have had "a rash of vehicle break-ins."
These break-ins have been happening on the west side of Adams County and the east side of Wells County.
He said typically the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked and "normally undamaged."
Sheriff Mawhorr said the thieves have been taking money, phones, CDs or anything they can take that is left in the car.
"I am asking that everyone start locking their cars, keep on your security/porch lights and look out for your neighbors," Sheriff Mawhorr added.
The Adams County Sheriff’s office is asking you to call if you see suspicious vehicles in your area at night.
Sheriff Mawhorr is asking the public for help to fight underage drinking, which he says is "a surging problem."
Mawhorr said there have been some bad accidents in the area that are "directly connected to underage drinking."
Sheriff Mawhorr issued the following statement, "I am asking for your help to call the Sheriff’s office if you see what you believe is a[n] underage drinking party.
If you see several cars/buggies pull down a woods lane that normally no one goes into.
We need your eyes to help law enforcement.
Let’s work together to keep our young people safe.
We all know from our past history that we all made bad choices when we were younger.
All I am asking if you see something, not two days from when you saw it, but right when you observed it.
Let’s work together to keep our young people safe."