The nighttime thieves who have been preying upon unlocked cars in Springs and Montauk may have moved their operations to a new locale last weekend.
Cars parked between Accabonac Road and Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton were hit overnight on Saturday. The thieves went as far west as Three Mile Harbor Road, but the bulk of the incidents happened around Queens Lane.
At least 20 residents awoke to find their vehicles rifled through. Anything portable was taken.
Azaria Davis of Queens Lane, who parked her car at 1 a.m. and went to bed an hour later, found $45 missing from her console in the morning. A neighbor, Rosana Restrepo, had about the same amount taken.
Manuel Guerrero and Juan Perez of Amagansett Drive East were luckier; only some loose change was stolen from their cars. Gabriella Guerrero, also of Amagansett Drive East, reported about $40 missing.
On Springs-Fireplace Road, Lourdes Fayez reported $17 stolen.
A radar detector and an iPod Classic were removed from a pickup truck belonging to Samuel Pharaoh, parked on Cedar Drive. He valued the two devices together at close to $1,000.
About 25 other cars were reported ransacked with nothing taken.
Last July and August there were several nights of similar thievery, mostly in Springs, with more than $2,000 in cash and valuables stolen. In November and early December, Montauk residents were the target of the late-night prowlers.
East Hampton Town police distributed leaflets and flyers in the affected neighborhoods advising residents to lock their cars at night. Detectives continue to investigate the thefts.