Car break-ins shock Rock Creek Middle School parents

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The crimes took place while parents were inside the school for a volleyball practice

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (KOIN) — Parents were shocked to find their car windows smashed and their belongings missing after they left a recent volleyball practice at Rock Creek Middle School.

Witnesses told KOIN 6 News someone broke into at least 4 cars that were parked in the parking lot.

The thief grabbed everything they could get their hands on.

One woman named Sarah said 2 of her car windows were smashed and stole her sunglasses, her phone, an Apple watch and cash that she was planning on depositing at her bank.

Another parent had more than $1,000 charged to their stolen credit cards.

Cars at nearby Hood View Park were also targeted.

“It’s surprising; it is a nice area over here,” said Reyes Marquez, who was visiting the park’s soccer field. “There’s no vandalism over here. I have never seen that — I don’t want that.”

An Oregon Department of Transportation worker found Sarah’s stolen iPhone lying discarded in the street — the phone’s tracker must have alerted the thief. Its screen had been cracked.

Sarah said tips from social media have identified a white GMC as a possible suspect vehicle. She said she hopes video footage of the culprit will help put an end to the crimes.

“It’s super frustrating,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot of people getting footage on their Ring cameras just no one can get the license plate. No one can get a really good description of them.”

Law enforcement officials said they are investigating several break-ins in the area.

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