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Woman warns Tumamoc hikers after her car is broken into

Shocked wallet was stolen in popular hiking area
Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 20:34:08-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson woman is warning others about hiking Tumamoc Hill after she says her car was broken into and her wallet was stolen.

Desiree Chico parked in a dirt lot along Anklam Road on Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m. She said she didn't think much about leaving her wallet in the car, because she's done it before.

"I put it in my glove box, just thinking it'll be fine, nobody's watching me," Chico said. "And I was wrong."

Chico says she was gone for about an hour before returning to her car to find it was broken into.

She tells KGUN9 she was shocked because Tumamoc is such a popular hiking spot.

"It's kind of a pretty open public space," Chico said. "Even if you're passing by, I would think somebody would see someone breaking in a window, or doing something like that."

Chico thinks people who go to Tumamoc don't have enough safe parking options. But she says she's done leaving her wallet, or anything valuable, in her car, and that other people should do the same thing.

"It's not just me that this could happen to," Chico said. "Maybe these men, or women, or whoever it was that did this, are actually watching people leave their car, and maybe even taking a look inside to see if they see anything valuable."

Tucson Police say car break-ins, especially by Tumamoc, are often times a crime of opportunities. Remember to lock your doors, put valuables in the trunk, or take them with you.

If you see something suspicious, you're asked to report it to police.