WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Thieves broke into nine vehicles outside of a Wilton Manors apartment complex, but residents said only the owner’s manuals were stolen.
Wilton Manors Police said the burglaries took place along the 2000 block of Northeast Fifth Avenue between 3 and 5 a.m., Monday.
However, residents said the crooks were only after a specific item: their vehicles’ operating manuals.
“I don’t know what to think of it, to be honest with you. It’s very strange,” victim Gary Sikorski said.
Sikorski and his neighbors woke up to find only the passenger side windows were shattered.
These re not your average roaming suckers. Apparently this gang has its aim set much higher than change in the cup holders.
Police said some manuals can contain identification numbers that thieves will try to use to make a new key, and therefore can steal the car.
Some drivers keep important paperwork, such as their vehicle registration, inside of the manual.
My now very old truck came with an emergency plastic key tucked inside the owner’s manual that was supposed to be used in case I lost my regular keys. Since IO have this weird thing that I do not lose keys, I simply tossed it somewhere inside a closet and never gave a thought about it.
I am at a loss as of why they would need the registration paperwork. IKt would be an annoyance to have it lost and go get a copy, but I simply do not know what a thief could do with it. But I did not know you could get copy of the key made with info from the manual. I did know a properly accredited locksmith could do so with the VIN number of the car.