Mark Taylor
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Gardner police logged 28 reports of thefts from automobiles during the months of July and August.
Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, said all of the cars had been left unlocked and parked in driveways or on the street in front of residences.
The thieves mostly stole electronic devices.
“The most popular item taken from some of the vehicles were GPS units,” Spalding said.  “Other items that were reported stolen from vehicles were items that were easily accessible and mainly electronic equipment such as radar detectors, computer equipment, stereo equipment and iPods.”
One suspect, a 19-year-old Gardner man, was arrested in late August in connection with the crimes.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, is facing charges including five counts of theft and four counts of making a false writing.
Spalding said residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables in plain sight.
Valuables should be locked in the trunk or removed from the car when it is unattended, she said.