Women caught breaking into cars at hiking trails

Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 22:58:30-04

Glendale police have arrested a trio of women after a string of car break-ins at a popular Glendale trailhead.

According to court records Caitlyn Chase, Rebecca Chase, and Brittney Leroy were arrested on 37 different charges.

Police say the trio broke into four cars in the month of March alone, and may be responsible for a burglary problem that goes back months.

Court documents say the women would target hikers at Thunderbird Park. Once out on the trail the Chases and Leroy would break into a car, steal the victim’s credit cards, and then rack up thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent charges.

Police arrested the women after witnessing them breaking into a car.

Along with burglary charges Caitlyn Chase is also facing child endangerment charges because she brought her kids with her.

At the time of her arrest Leroy was found in possession of 6 grams of heroin.

Experts say the best way to protect your valuables while hiking is to leave them at home. If you have to bring a wallet or purse with you should lock it in the glove compartment or put it out of sight.