Columbia Residents Raise Concern Over Petty Theft

3 years 3 months 1 week ago April 11, 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11 2013 Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:05:00 AM CDT in News
By: Nick Chabarria

COLUMBIA - Some Columbia residents are taking to the Internet to raise concerns over a string of petty thefts in their neighborhood. Several people who live or work between Providence Road and West Boulevard around West Broadway reported different accounts of petty thefts on a neighborhood Yahoo group web page. A few emails on the page recall thieves entering vehicles overnight and taking anything from change to headphones to chewing gum.

According to West Broadway resident Tony Thorpe, he said his vehicle gets rummaged through on a monthly basis. "I'll come out in the morning and the doors will be open. They don't shut the doors, I think because it makes noise," said Thorpe. "The car manuals and service records will be all over the floor." Thorpe said he has learned to not keep anything valuable and usually the thieves only take whatever change is in the ash tray.

Thorpe said, he only reported one incident to Columbia police when a $20 pair of headphones were taken. But the Columbia Police Department's Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said every crime should be reported. "We always encourage people to report any crime they see or are a victim of," said Stroer.

Stroer said data from last year showed an increase in vehicle thefts around March. "We tend to see a lot more of [vehicle thefts] during the warmer months," said Stroer. 

"They're looking for easy access. The doors unlocked is number one," said Stroer. "Or windows that are rolled down enough where they can get something in there to unlock it or they can reach in there and unlock it," said Stroer.

Stroer said communication is key in preventing these crimes. "The best thing to do is talk to your neighbors. If you have a neighborhood watch group... bring that up in the meetings that it's going on as well as let the police department know," said Stroer. She also recommends not even keeping any valuables in the car overnight.

Something Thorpe learned the hard way.

"Ideally the car rummaging would stop, but at the minimum just stay at the car rummaging level and not evolve into something more serious," said Thorpe.

If you fall victim to one of these crimes, you can contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652.

 

More News

Grid
List
LAKE OF THE OZARKS – One person was injured after a boat caught on fire at the 38-mile marker by... More >>
5 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:10:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has received a $1 million gift, the largest in its... More >>
10 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 5:07:03 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 51-year-old man is accused of pulling over a vehicle and acting as if he were... More >>
11 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:46:46 PM CDT in News
COOPER COUNTY - A man has been charged in relation to a hostage standoff east of Boonville Friday morning. ... More >>
11 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - With the extreme heat this weekend, local medical experts told people to be aware of the signs of... More >>
11 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 3:53:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Out-of-towners from across the state are boosting sales for local businesses and restaurants downtown this weekend. The... More >>
12 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Knights of Columbus hosted a barbecue fundraiser for the country's first Special Olympics training... More >>
13 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Athletes, parents and officials across Columbia attempted to beat the heat while participating in the Show Me State... More >>
14 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral for a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain shot... More >>
15 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:10:16 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of... More >>
16 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:38:15 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri , man is accused of spitting in a police officer's eye and... More >>
16 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:29:44 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A group of young athletes braved the high heat this morning doing more than most people do before... More >>
17 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:36:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Roy Blunt has served in Congress for two decades, but as he seeks re-election to the... More >>
18 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:39:32 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An incoming high school senior from the Kansas City area will be one of the youngest... More >>
18 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:33:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Fair had better turnout than expected with Sturgeon hosting it for the first time.... More >>
21 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:02:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Early Thursday morning, a man was shot during an argument with a neighbor about a “no parking” sign... More >>
1 day ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:03:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Two mid-Missouri Republican delegates said the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week was very successful. Columbia... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Friday, July 22 2016 Friday, July 22, 2016 11:06:00 PM CDT in News
GALENA (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol said an 18-year-old has drowned in Table Rock Lake. The patrol... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Friday, July 22 2016 Friday, July 22, 2016 8:03:19 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
4am 81°
5am 80°
6am 79°
7am 79°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Hollywood Game Night
8:00p
American Ninja Warrior
7:00p
Bulletproof Heart
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Cougar Town