Holiday thieves targeting cars 

Car owners and late-season shoppers need to think twice about leaving gifts inside cars while running to the grocery store for Christmas feast ingredients.

The Marina Safeway seems to be the hot spot for thefts of these last-minute “shopping” techniques.

According to the Northern Police Station, at least two incidents of “auto boosting” happened Thursday at the Safeway store on Marina Boulevard.

An auto boost is when a thief walks by a car and sees a number of bags inside and simple smashes the window to take the merchandise.

Calling it a “major problem” yearly during the holidays, police officials warn shoppers to either cover bags or bring them with you when you exit your vehicle.

The Central Police Station, which includes Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach, and the Taraval Police Station, which includes Stonestown Mall, have also reported a number of auto boosts during this holiday season.

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