The two thieves wait until nightfall before breaking into vehicles in the Town of Tonawanda, police said, and they are believed responsible for at least 20 break-ins from late July through early August.
Police said they have larceny charges against Cody J. Cook, 23, and Ryan C. Cook, 21. Buffalo police also have warrants issued for the men.
“Do not approach them,” said Capt. Joseph Carosi of the Tonawanda Police Department. “Please exercise caution when dealing with these individuals as they have been known to flee by foot and/or vehicle.”
Most of the vehicle entries occurred in the evening or overnight in the area of Sheridan Drive-Colvin Avenue, in the heart of the town, he said.
“Most of the vehicles were unlocked,” said Carosi. “People never seem to get the message. If your car is locked, they move on to the next. All larcenies of this nature are crimes of opportunity. They want to get in and out fast. We find people leave valuable things in the cars – electronics, computers, checkbook, spare change, medication.
“What people leave in their cars is amazing,” Carosi said. “In one case on Zimmerman Boulevard a spare ignition key was left in the vehicle and they took the car.”