This burglar struck — even for a couple of dollars.

For the second time this year, Cynthia Winston’s car was broken into. Luckily, this time the crook made off with only a small amount from the car parked in her driveway in the Citadel neighborhood. Earlier this year, an empty suitcase was stolen from the backseat when a window was smashed. This time, she had accidentally left the door unlocked.

“I woke up the next morning and things that were in the console were in the seat. There were a couple dollars in the car in the console, and they took those,” Winston says.

The crook got away with a small take — only two bucks in this case — but could have made off with more if she had left items in the automobile.

“At least they didn’t have to break in,” she adds about the window not getting broken this time. “Normally it is locked.”

Dallas Police Lt. Barry Payne of the North Central Patrol Division says it is always best to park in a garage if possible and keep cars locked.

“The money did not attract the thief; the open car did,” he says. “Crooks generally go for easy targets. They will prowl around where there are cars parked for long periods of time and look for ones with property visible or ones that are easy to get into.”

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