Officials with the West Plains Police Department are warning citizens about an uptick in car thefts during the last month, and offering advice on keeping vehicles and their contents secure.
Public Information Officer John Murrell reported the department has responded to 12 calls regarding stolen vehicles since June 2, and eight incident reports have been filed.
The vehicles have disappeared at various times of day and night, he added. Four of the eight cases filed have been resolved with the vehicles recovered and charges pending, Murrell said, but the remaining four are still under investigation.
The police department asks residents to contact officers with any information that might be helpful in the investigation of the thefts.
“The police department would also like to stress the importance of the preventable nature of these crimes,” said Murrell. “Hide your things, lock your car, take your keys.
The West Plains Police Department Facebook page, @westplainsmopolice, has posts regarding active investigations.
Tips may also be provided by calling the department at 256-2244 or by email at email@example.com.