Vancouver police warn residents about West Side break-ins through open windows

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      It's a similar story every summer when the weather gets hot.

      Police forces across the country issue warnings to local residents about the risk of break-ins through open windows.

      Today, it was the Vancouver Police Department's turn.

      It issued a news release revealing that a thief entered homes through open windows near West 25th Avenue and Dunbar Street around 3 a.m. on July 2 and 9.

      People were sleeping at the time of the July 9 incident.

      “We are again reminding the public that many thieves are opportunists," Cst. Jason Doucette said. "An open door or window, including above the ground floor, can be used by criminals anytime of the day—even if you are home."

      Vancouver resident Todd Edward Stephens, 34, has been charged with two counts of break and enter. He'll appear in court on Wednesday (July 19).