PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Police are investigating nine vehicle break-ins that occurred Tuesday night in Palo Alto.

Police said the vehicle break-ins occurred between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and most were reported in the downtown area.

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Three of the break-ins occurred on the upper floors of City Parking Garage R at 528 High St., and four occurred in the downtown area on Webster Street, Hamilton Avenue, University Avenue and Lytton Avenue, police said.

The other two break-ins occurred on El Camino Real.

In each of the cases, burglars smashed windows to remove backpacks, bags or briefcases left inside the vehicles in plain view, police said.

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Electronics devices including laptops and tablet computers were stolen in eight of the break-ins.

Seven of the nine vehicles targeted were rental cars, police said.

There have been 65 auto burglaries reported in Palo Alto this year, police said.

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