Columbia Residents Raise Concern Over Petty Theft

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

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
JEFFERSON CITY - Potentially more than one thousand Missourians could lose their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:27:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you look at the forecast you can easily tell that summer is here early. Don't forget that... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY - A new report by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce identifies challenges in the Missouri workforce. The... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:41:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Cole County deputies say a man accused of having pipe bombs was cooperative when they asked to... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department wants feedback from residents on its community policing initiative. A meeting Wednesday gave people... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Former police chief... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK- Businesses in mid-Missouri face a steep choice when it comes to having live entertainment -- lose the music... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:53:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:08:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office filed charges Wednesday against a man suspected of having pipe bombs and... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia will hold the first of seven community policing meetings Wednesday evening. Each meeting is set... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:34:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
6am 67°
7am 69°
8am 72°
9am 76°