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December 25, 2006

Albany -- Police warn you not to leave electronics boxes out with the trash after Christmas. It's a friendly invitation for thieves to know what new expensive toys you may have gotten for Christmas.

Cardboard boxes that show what TV or stereo you got is an advertisement for others. Instead police suggest setting them aside and taking these boxes and other gift wrap to the recycle center.

"Criminal walks by or rides by and sees those empty boxes, stereo boxes, DVD players, play stations, they look for that. Pretty well you're telling people, the criminal what's in your house," said Captain Kevin Parten of Sylvester Police Department.

Police say criminals are at work after the holidays so take precautions to protect your property.

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