OGDEN -- The Weber County Sheriff's Office is encouraging residents to close garage doors and lock their vehicles after removing the keys following a spate of burglaries over the last 40 days.
There have been as many as 15 such burglaries in the county in a single night, Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said Wednesday.
"They are crimes of opportunity," said Lowther, adding that, in almost every case, thieves have taken advantage of unsecured vehicles and garages.
Items stolen from vehicles include iPods, global positioning systems, small electronics and loose change, while tools, golf clubs and other items have been taken from garages, he said.
"It's like a buffet," Lowther said, adding that the thieves are making off with anything they can grab.
There have been so many burglaries that, when deputies observe an open garage door while on patrol at night, they are contacting homeowners to request that they close the door.
No arrests have been made in the recent burglaries, and detectives are investigating whether the incidents are related, Lowther said.
"Their (the thieves) method of doing it is certainly similar," he said.
It also hasn't been determined if the thefts are related to a string of vehicle burglaries in West Point last weekend, Lowther said.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the sheriff's office at 801-629-8221.