Following the report of 11 vehicle burglaries during the early morning hours of Sept. 7 in and around the 40 block of Carr Street, detectives of the Vermillion Police Department served a search warrant in the 400 block of Stanford Street. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, Frank Janreau III, 18, was arrested and charged with 11 counts of Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle and one count of Petty Theft. Property from the thefts was recovered.
According to the Vermillion Police Department, this is the second rash of vehicle burglaries they have investigated this year. In May, 10 vehicles were unlawfully entered and property removed. Those incidents are still under investigation.
The Vermillion Police Department states it is not unusual to periodically investigate the entry of an unlocked vehicle but the volume of these entries is unusual.
"We live in a very safe community but even the safest of communities still require the locking of doors, said Vermillion Police Chief Art Mabry. "We like to think that isn't necessary in our community but, in reality, it is necessary everywhere."
Mabry advised it is rare for officers to investigate a burglary where entry was forced. The majority of the time the vehicle or house is left unlocked.
According to Mabry, "Suspects refer to this as "Car Hopping" or "Window Shopping" while law enforcement refers to these incidents as crimes of opportunity. Unfortunately, we create the opportunity when we fail to lock our doors."