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HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) Police on Long Island are warning about a rash of luxury car thefts in the Hamptons.

Southampton Town Police say thieves have stolen 18 vehicles over the last few weeks in towns across the eastern portion of Suffolk County. They say the car thieves target mostly newer model Mercedes, BMWs and Range Rovers.

The thefts have usually occurred after 10 p.m., leaving the thieves ample time to get away before the victims discover their vehicles missing the following morning.

Police say car owners should take precautions to safeguard their vehicles by making sure they're locked and the car alarms are set. Valuables, including cellphones and electronics, should also be removed.