Marco Island police report 11 vehicle burglaries, three thefts in just one day

Three vehicles were stolen and 11 burglarized on the Sunday after Thanksgiving on Marco Island, according to a police news release.

Marco Island Police Department reported a handgun was stolen from a vehicle and that one of the stolen vehicles was later recovered in St. Petersburg.

The vehicles yet to be recovered are a gray Hyundai Santa Fe with Florida tag 637RVA

and a red Chevrolet Camaro with black racing stripes with Florida tag PVDG99.

The crimes occurred on the residential streets of Echo Circle, Bluebird Avenue, Columbus Way, Wayne Avenue, Yellowbird Street, Riverhead Avenue, Tahiti Road and Worthington Street, according to police.

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"At this time, it appears all vehicles were unlocked, and keys were in the vehicles when the incidents occurred," the news release stated.

On March 25, three luxury vehicles were stolen from driveways on Marco, according to police. Two of the stolen vehicles were recovered in Broward County and a third vehicle was recovered on the island.

Police said at the time that at least two of the vehicles also had the keys or key fobs inside when they were stolen.

A dozen vehicles have been stolen and 18 burglarized this year on Marco as of Nov. 30, MIPD Capt. Dave Baer wrote in an email.

Naples Police Department reported 22 stolen vehicles and 49 burglarized during the same period, Lt. Bryan McGinn, public information officer, wrote separately.

MIPD reported two vehicles thefts last year, five in 2018 and nine in 2017, according to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Marco Island ranked as the third safest city in Florida this year, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Police encouraged drivers to lock their vehicles and to not leave keys or valuables inside.

People with information about these crimes can call MIPD at 239-389-5050.

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