The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is warning residents in the Somerset West area of unincorporated Washington County about a recent rash of thefts from motor vehicles.

The neighborhood is primarily north of Highway 26 and south of West Union Road, between 185th Avenue and 174th Avenue.

According to the WCSO, the area is being targeted by thieves because so many residents are leaving valuables in their vehicles.

For example, in just one night, someone stole items from six different unlocked vehicles in one small area.

In some cases, the crooks have left items behind, meaning they are being choosy about what to steal.

WCSO officials remind all county residents to always remove any valuables — including backpacks, purses and gym bags — from plain view and to always lock all vehicles.

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