Car Thefts Hold Steady in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY - City officials said Wednesday that despite new numbers that show 15,000 car thefts across the state last year, the state capital experienced fewer than two dozen thefts. Police said 23 cars were stolen last year, with 17 of those being recovered.
"This is about average for us," Lieutenant Randy Dampf said. "It's more of a crime of opportunity. If someone is walking along, they might try to see which ones are unlocked. Sometimes they'll find ones with keys left in them."
Chelle Shepard of Jefferson City was the victim of car theft last year. She said she was not worried about leaving her keys in her car because Jefferson City has always been known as a safe place. But her car was stolen in broad daylight outside of her work place.
"I was pretty lucky because nothing was stolen," Shepard said.
Shepard said her car was recovered the next day by the Jefferson City police.
Three vehicles have been stolen in Jefferson City so far this year.