WILLIAMSTOWN - Authorities in Williamstown are warning residents to lock their cars after someone went through unlocked vehicles last weekend, the chief of police said Monday.
The culprit apparently was looking for money or something that could be quickly converted into cash, probably to buy drugs, Chief B.D. Adkins said.
The incidents involved about a dozen cars Friday night and overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, Adkins said. On Friday night, cars were entered in the Poplar and West Fourth streets area near Fenton Art Glass and on Saturday night at East Ninth Street and Magnolia Drive, he said.
None of the cars were locked, Adkins said.
"I don't think they got anything of any value," he said.
The perpetrator took several purses, which were found several blocks where the contents were emptied from the purse, Adkins said. Credit cards and checkbooks were left behind, he said.
"They were looking for money," he said.
Someone goes through unlocked cars in Williamstown about every three to nine months, Adkins said. The last time the culprits missed an engagement ring, $400 in cash and a handgun, he said.
Witnesses who may have seen something can call the police department at 304-375-4935.
Adkins is encouraging residents not to leave their doors unlocked. Times have changed and in Williamstown, too, he said.
"Williamstown is not the community it was 20 years ago," Adkins said. "You just can't leave things unlocked anymore."