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Old Town hit by rash of 'smash-and-grab' vehicle break-ins

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 20:59:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A car owner in Old Town has a warning if you're planning on parking in the popular area: A destructive thief may be lurking.

On the morning after Cinco de Mayo, blocks from the festivities, Amy Wysocki discover an unpleasant post-celebration surprise.

"Just heartbreaking. I instantly broke into tears," said Wysocki.

Along Congress Street, Wysocki found a side window of her Lexus on the ground, smashed.

"Then I came upon the other broken window, which was also a shock and quite a bummer," said Wysocki.

Inside her car, about 30 bucks in emergency cash was missing, along with some ibuprofen. Her windows are tinted, but if someone peered inside, some boxes filled with paper products can been seen. Wysocki believes those boxes made her car a target.

Wysocki is hardly alone. Along Congress Street, there is a trail of broken glass.

"It's really sad. It's disgusting," said Wysocki.

Police told Wysocki there were seven other "smash-and-grab" break-ins discovered in her neighborhood that same day. A check of, which tracks data from police reports, reveals a string of car burglaries in the area in recent weeks.

Wysocki had only recently moved into the area as well.

"To smash and break two of my windows which is going to cost me over $500 in repairs for $30 in valuables, that's an overwhelming feeling," said Wysocki.