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Investigating a string of recent incidents in the town in which valuables left in plain view in parked cars have been stolen, Amherst police have a warning message for residents:

Lock your cars. And keep everything that's worth anything out of plain sight.

"People leave things like money, change, cameras, phones, and things like that exposed," said Amherst Assistant Chief Frank Olesko. "Then people see those things lying there and they break in.

"You stand a better chance of not getting your car broken into" if common sense in securing valuables is used, he added.

Recent sprees of vehicle break-ins have taken place on Berehaven Drive in the north part of town and in the parking lot of a condominium complex elsewhere in the town, Olesko said. He said police don't believe the two sprees are
necessarily related.

Items taken from the parked cars have included cash, cellular phones, car radios, CD players, CDs, radar detectors, and car parts, Olesko said. In one case, more than $2,000 in valuables were taken from one vehicle, he said.

So far, Olesko said, three males have been arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and grand larceny for car break-ins on
Berehaven Drive.

Charged Wednesday were Adam Murr, 20, of Ward Road in North Tonawanda; Louis M. Blazer, 18, of Fletcher Road, also in North Tonawanda; and Brian J. O'Connor, 20, of Berehaven Drive, according to

Police are continuing their investigation into other incidents in the town, Olesko said.

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