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Arrests made in thefts from vehicles

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Mike DuPre'
October 22, 2008
— Thefts from vehicles are the most common property crime in Janesville, and local police arrested three men Tuesday morning in connection with seven such crimes.

Arrested at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday at Highway 14 and Deerfield Drive in Janesville were:


-- Cory C. Scheidegger, 26, of 1415 Maple Ave., Janesville, on six charges of party to theft and one of party to burglary.


-- David W. Dewey, 20, of 1821 Liberty Lane, Janesville, on six charges of party to theft and one of party to burglary.


-- Nathaniel J. Lecy, 19, Monona, on six charges of party to theft and one each of party to burglary, identity theft and obstructing.


The thefts occurred on Cornelia Street and Briar Crest, Coventry, Danbury and Savana drives, according to police reports.


One of the thefts was from a vehicle in a garage, which resulted in the burglary charges, Sgt. Rick Larson said.


Police are investigating whether the trio was involved in other thefts from vehicles, which have plagued Janesville residents for years.


Thieves targeting vehicles recently have been breaking into cars in Janesville motel parking lots, where the most common booty has been global positioning system (GPS) navigation device.


Other common areas for such break-ins have been movie theater parking lots.


Police warn residents and visitors not to leave valuables in their vehicles and to lock their vehicles and their garages.



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