Sheriff Joe Lester doesn’t want the Grinch to steal anyone’s Christmas this holiday season.

“I want everyone in Cleveland County to have a Merry Christmas but please be careful whether you’re going shopping for gifts or traveling to visit relatives over the holidays.”

As people visit shopping malls and plan trips, burglars and thieves will be looking for any opportunity to take valuables. Remember to keep vehicle windows rolled up and doors locked at all times. Don’t leave anything in sight for thieves to steal. Keep valuables and purchases in the trunk.

When leaving any store or business, pay attention to parking lots. If shopping at night, park vehicles in a lighted area.

Thieves also could be lurking in neighborhoods. If any vehicles look suspicious, call police.

Please keep Christmas trees and gifts out of view for criminals. Lock all residences and set any security alarms before leaving home.

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