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Thieves not only have been ransacking parked vehicles in Depew – three were stolen outright from driveways, village police reported today.

Several “car pops” have occurred during the past three weeks, Detective Scott Hossfeld said. In addition, three unlocked vehicles, with keys hidden within, were stolen.

Two of the vehicles have been recovered, Hossfeld said.

The exact areas where the crimes occurred weren’t disclosed by police, who cited the ongoing investigation.

Residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked at all times – even when parked in their driveways – and to keep keys secured within their homes.

While patrols have been increased in the affected areas, residents also are asked to call police when they see suspicious activity during the overnight hours.