Smash-and-grab thieves strike West Lake Hills shopping center

WEST LAKE HILLS, Texas (KXAN) — Police are warning drivers to keep electronics and valuables out of sight after West Lake Hills Police reported a string of car break-ins.

The crimes happened at the Village at Westlake shopping center at State Highway 360 and Bee Caves Road.

In the span of a week, police say four car break-ins were reported to them. Each theft happened in the parking lot of the shopping center.

“It’s sad, you know, especially in an area like this where you’d think it’d be safe to be able to keep your belongings somewhere,” said Tami Bliss.

Bliss works at a business in the center. She says her employers remind her to be cautious.

“They told us a couple of times to make sure that we have things put away,” Bliss said, “and they keep signs up there telling us to make sure that we lock up.”

Police say the cars were locked, and the thief or thieves smashed in the car windows to get valuables from inside, which were likely visible.

“If I’m not bringing my purse, then I’ll either leave it at home or hide it under the seat,” said Marget Sablatura, who was out shopping.

Stolen items included iPads, laptops, and cell phones.

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