Car burglaries are on the rise in Fremont, according to police.
The Fremont Police Department reports 31 vehicles have been broken into since March. Many of the vehicles were parked at the Pacific Commons Shopping Center off Auto Mall Parkway on April 4. Police said they received six reports of car break ins at the shopping center that day.
"It's scary since I often have my laptop and important documents in my car," said Yogesh Ailawadi, a Fremont resident.
The suspects also targeted vehicles parked at a nearby 24 Hour Fitness and Club Sport, police said. Club Sport said it has beefed up parking lot security in response to the rise in car break ins.
Police said that in most of the crimes suspects shattered a window and grabbed what was visible, mostly iPads and purses.
"Unfortunately the purse was the worst because they stole the victim's credit card and charged up $10,000 on her card," said Geneva Bosquees, a Fremont Police Department public information officer.
Police also said most of the burglaries have taken place during the evenings, with suspects targeting people having dinner at restaurants.