Saturday, October 25, 2014

Best defense against theft: Lock doors

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 6/25/2014

With the theft of an unlocked Chrysler passenger car and a slew of items taken from unlocked vehicles in the past two days, Ottawa police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles after removing all valuables.

A 34-year-old Ottawa man reported 8:10 a.m. Tuesday that someone had stolen his 2006 Chrysler 300 from his residence on Westwood Circle. The vehicle was recovered later that day in the 1600 block of Osage Drive, Ottawa police said. The police had no suspects Wednesday morning. The vehicle was being processed for potential fingerprints or other DNA evidence, police said.

With the theft of an unlocked Chrysler passenger car and a slew of items taken from unlocked vehicles in the past two days, Ottawa police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles after removing all valuables.

A 34-year-old Ottawa man reported 8:10 a.m. Tuesday that someone had stolen his 2006 Chrysler 300 from his residence on Westwood Circle. The vehicle was recovered later that day in the 1600 block of Osage Drive, Ottawa police said. The police had no suspects Wednesday morning. The vehicle was being processed for potential fingerprints or other DNA evidence, police said.

The Chrysler was unlocked, with the keys in the ignition and the windows down when it was stolen, Capt. Adam Weingartner, Patrol Division Commander with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

Several residents also reported Tuesday morning to Ottawa police that items had been taken overnight from their unlocked vehicles in the 400 block of South Beech Street, the 1000 block of West Fifth Street and the 900 block of South Ash Street.

The best prevention from becoming a victim is for residents to remove their keys and all valuables — including GPS systems and other electronics — from their vehicles before locking them, Weingartner said.

Unlocked vehicles, especially those with electronics and other valuables left in plain sight, make tempting targets for thieves, especially on warmer nights in summer when such criminal activity typically increases, police said.

Ottawa police officers also arrested two 16-year-old Ottawa boys about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of West 18th Street for violating the city’s curfew law after police received a prowler report from a concerned resident, according to a police report.

The boys, who were spotted walking through a backyard in the neighborhood, had two flashlights and two pairs of gloves in their possession, Weingartner said.

“There was no reasonable reason for them to have the gloves on such a warm evening so they were arrested for violating curfew,” Weingartner said.

The department appreciates tips about suspicious behavior, Weingartner said, and he encouraged residents to report suspicious activity to police.

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