OGDEN -- Police arrested over the weekend, a group of thieves made its way through the northwest area of Weber County.
The thieves never did anything dangerous. They just tried car doors, opening the unlocked ones and snatching items from the front seat.
After following up on a warrant, Weber County sheriff's deputies and Ogden police arrested at least four people they say were involved in the group responsible for a rash of vehicle burglaries and identity thefts Friday and Saturday.
Most of the arrests took place in a trailer park in Pleasant View, said Sheriff's Lt. Doug Coleman.
Deputies arrested Treven David Weddel, 19, on suspicion of 10 counts of vehicle burglary and one count of burglary; Hairiee Anne Daniels, 18, on suspicion of eight counts of vehicle burglary and failure to appear; and Bryan David Brinson, 25, on suspicion of 11 counts of vehicle burglary, one count of theft and one count of burglary.
Ogden police arrested Zackery Dane Stockton, 30, on suspicion of six counts of forgery and one count of unlawful possession of another's identification documents.
Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley said the department brought in postal inspectors to be involved with the arrests.
Stockton had been involved in stealing mail for purposes of identity theft, Conley said. Through a search warrant, investigators connected him to the vehicle burglary group.
Police believe the group is responsible for about 25 auto burglaries in the area.
In all, detectives recovered property and found equipment, such as printers, used to falsify documents.
Many of the crimes could easily have been prevented.
"People leave stuff in their cars they shouldn't leave," Coleman said.
The group went for easy pickings, hitting unlocked cars and open garages, and stealing credit cards and other identity information left on front seats.
The thieves never broke a window or put anyone in danger.
"While they are predators, they are opportunistic predators," Coleman said. "They are just going down the street hitting what people are giving up."
With all their thefts, Coleman said, the group was not very organized. He called them "a group of trailer-dwelling doper lowlifes."
"Calling them a ring makes them sound like they have some type of brain," he said.
However, the fact that this group has been arrested doesn't mean burglaries will stop. It is up to citizens to take precautions.
"It's just getting people to understand that you've got to keep your stuff locked up," Coleman said.
He advises residents to keep their cars locked, garages closed and valuables out of sight.
"One group goes away, another pops up," Coleman said.
"People need to take care of their stuff. It's easier to take care of it than find it."