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Hidden Key Thieves

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It's amazing the lengths beach goers will go to so they don't have to take their personal belongings to the beach. Some people leave their wallets, purses, credit and ID cards in their cars and then put their keys on top of a tire as if to hide it. LA County Sheriffs Detective Tom Lewis says, sometimes beach goers hide their keys behind a bumper or even bury them in the sand near their car.

As we walked along the beach I asked sunbathers “Where are your keys?” In every case they produced them saying “right here.”

Some told me they would never leave their keys behind because someone might steal their cars.

If not the cars, police say they'll steal your credit cards, driver's licenses and other valuables you leave behind.

That's what Panagiotis Katsanos of Anaheim is accused of doing at beaches from Malibu all the way down to the OC. LA Sheriffs Detective Tom Lewis tells me they've had several cases in the Malibu area. With regard to Katsanos, Lewis says, the 60-year-old Anaheim man would watch seaside parking lots as beachgoers got out of their cars. He'd watch to see if they left their keys on tires or hide them somewhere around the car. The, says Lewis, he'd break into the cars and steal what was there. It's also alledged he used credit cards to buy Target gift cards totally as much as $5500.

Authorities say keep your keys on you. If you don't someone else may get them.

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