Police are warning the public to lock their vehicles and secure their valuables in response to the fifth vehicle burglary reported in the last 48 hours.

In addition to the pair of vehicle break-ins reported on Cedar and Union streets Wednesday, Sept. 22, Belfast Police Chief Jeff Trafton said three more car burglaries had since been reported as of Thursday, Sept. 23. Two took place at the Tarratine Tribe 13 building, Trafton said, and another was reported on Bayview Street.

“We’re putting out a bulletin advising the public to lock their vehicles, even if they’re parked in a driveway,” he said. Trafton added that valuables should not be kept inside vehicles.

Trafton said the person or people responsible for the burglaries appear to be especially interested in stealing iPods and GPS units, including the charger cables that are needed to power the devices.

Missing cash is another common element in these cases, Trafton said, noting that $80 in cash went missing from one of the cars burglarized at the Tarratine Tribe 13 building.

Wednesday Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said a Cedar Street resident reported several valuable items were missing from their vehicle, including a Garmin GPS unit and the charger cable for the device. Also reported stolen was a car charger for a cell phone, an iPod radio transmitter and a three-way charger adapter. On the same day, a resident on Union Street was missing two wallets that were last seen inside the vehicle, each of which contained an undetermined amount of cash.

Trafton said police did not have any suspects yet, and patrol officers would be on the lookout for any suspicious activity in the downtown area.

Trafton is asking anyone who spots unusual activity in their neighborhood, or anyone who may have information about the reported break-ins, to contact police at 338-5255 during the department’s regular business hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. An officer may also be reached by calling the communications center at 338-2420 after normal business hours.