SPOKANE, Wash. - The holiday weekend is here and if you're planning on spending it on the Centennial Trail the Sheriff's Office wants you to leave your valuables at home.
Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in the past week they have seen 16 reported incidents.
"It's not specifically located, its all the way from the west planes to the Idaho state Lines," said Chamberlin.
Thieves are nabbing whatever they can get their hands on, from purses to even individual checks. People don't realize they have been victimized until later after they find a missing check, or are notified from their banks.
With the trail heads being so secluded, Spokane resident Austin Becker said it just goes to show, "You're not safe in the daylight."
Becker said that even though he tries to be cautious when out on the trails, "I always have that in the back of my head. I hope no windows are broken and everything is still in there."
According to the Sheriff's Office, that is exactly how the robberies are happening.
"They're wasting no time. Now we are seeing a lot of smash and grabs where they are breaking windows to grab things that are out in plane view," said Chamberlin.
Chemberlin said there is only one easy way to avoid the hassle of getting your car broken into.
"Leave those things at home. If you have to bring certain items, lock them in your trunk out of plane view from the criminal element," said Chamberlin.
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