Police warn of theft increase in warm weather

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – It should have been a relaxing weekend playing with a Christmas present.

But when Cameran Ryan went to go ride his bike during the weekend, he saw it was gone.

“I’ve only ridden it twice,” said Ryan, a 13-year-old in Centerville.

The warm weather had finally come and Ryan was hoping to put his new silver and green bike to the test.

At first, he thought his brother had taken it for a ride.

“I thought he took it,” said Ryan. “I thought he was running around. He got back and none of his friends had it. So I told my dad I think my bike got stolen.”

A search of the neighborhood came up empty. Ryan’s family filed a report with the Centerville Police Department.

Police say is is a common theme when warmer weather starts to come back into the forecast.

As temperatures rise, so do the chances of theft.

“Thieves are relying on the fact that you aren’t considering someone walking up and checking on your car doors at night,” said Capt. Eric Grile with the Beavercreek Police Dept. “They are hoping you don’t think about locking your doors.”

It is something Grile sees several times a year.

People leave themselves open for theft when they leave doors open for their garage, cars, and their homes.

Grile said just because you are at home, do not expect it to keep a thief at bay.

Neighbors can also help the area crime free.

“If you see something, report it,” said Grile. “We would rather be bothered and I’m confident your neighbors would rather be bothered with an innocent attempt to try to make the neighborhood more safe.”

A watchful eye could even help get a stolen bike returned before warm weather decides to stay.

“I mean, it could be anywhere,” said Ryan. “Hopefully, we find it.”

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