Solon police are investigating multiple break-ins that occurred to locked cars in the parking lot of the Uptown Solon Shopping Center on Kruse Drive last week.

Lt. Jamey Hofmann said that, at 6:03 a.m. on Jan. 6, four cars were broken into by having their windows smashed in the parking lot of Orangetheory Fitness. The workout facility is located in the plaza in between Old Navy and the Rusty Bucket.

Earlier that morning on the same day, the parking lot outside the Orangetheory Fitness in Beachwood also was hit, Lt. Hofmann said, noting the thefts are connected.

In the Solon incident, a variety of items were taken from the vehicles, including purses, cell phones and laptops, Lt. Hofmann said. Police were able to recover a lot of the items on Lee Road in Cleveland, he added.

There are no suspects at this time, and no video surveillance in the area, according to reports.

Lt. Hofmann also said the same location in Solon was hit in the summer.

“They (thieves) know these are upper-class neighborhoods and people leave all of their things in the car when they work out,” he said. “Where they hit before was successful, so they will try again.”

Lt. Hofmann said investigators have yet to determine if the thieves are from outside this area.

Police are giving the plaza special attention during the early morning hours, he added.

As far as precautions, Lt. Hofmann said there is only so much people can do, especially when windows are being smashed in locked cars.

“If you cannot bring personal items when you go and work out, that would be good,” he said. If people have to bring items, it is important to keep them out of sight in the vehicle.

“You can minimize chances, but cannot completely eliminate it,” he said.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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