South Columbia residents see a spike in car break-ins

10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
By: Evan Dodson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Some people living in Columbia's southside neighborhoods say thieves, using creative technology, are stealing from cars.

Haley Elliott, who lives on Bearfield Road, has experienced it first hand. She said she heard noises outside her house early one morning, but didn’t think anything of it. She soon found out thieves had stolen hundreds of dollars worth of items.

“We opened the doors and realized the glove box was open, things were strung all over my car, everything was moved around in my trunk,” she said. “We later found out that they had stolen about $300 worth of gift cards I had for birthday presents.”

She isn’t the only one.

Cody Kennedy said his car has been broken into twice this month. He said his neighbors have experienced recent break-ins, too.

Kennedy and Elliott both said their cars were locked, and criminals are finding new ways to enter cars.

Elliot said surveillance footage from a neighbor’s house shows the thieves used some sort of device to unlock the car. She said it takes two people: one scans the car keys from the outside of the house, while the other stands next to the car door. Once both are successfully scanned, the door unlocks.

“In the video, it clearly shows the light, and the car comes on, and then they were in my car for about four minutes going through every single thing that they could go through,” Elliott said.

Kennedy said the Columbia Police Department told him that’s how several thieves are breaking into cars around town. KOMU 8 asked CPD about the tools, but it could not say what's being used. The department also wouldn't say how many break ins there have been.

William Buckner said his neighborhood was hit two weeks ago. He said his car was locked, too. 

Dean Partin lives just down the street where those break-ins happened. He said he always locks his car and pays attention to where he parks it at night.

“We always to try to park under street lights, the area is pretty well lit at night," he said.

Elliott said people should never leave personal belongings in their car and should clean their cars out.

More News

Grid
List
JACKSON COUNTY - Authorities have identified the body recovered from Blind Pony Lake earlier this week as Jackson County resident... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police have identified a body found in north Columbia Thursday as an infant less than one year old.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:16:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As students start at or return to school, enrollment at Columbia Public schools continues to rise. The... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart with loaded weapons and wearing body armor acknowledges... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:44:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri election officials are defending how they handled a petition to put new abortion restrictions... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:32:57 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri police arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman, then... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:09:48 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — UPDATE: Police have found the body Sylvia Ussery-Pearson, according to our sister station KSHB . ... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:55:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 37-year-old Missouri man is charged with kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:39:20 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An attorney says a 74-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after a Missouri police officer... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered sweeping changes to how Missouri's parole board treats prisoners sentenced... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:10:53 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:16:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — UPDATE: Troopers have cancelled an endangered SILVER advisory issued Wednesday. the man is home and safe. ... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:08:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Licensed at-home day care providers met Wednesday, Aug. 14 to voice their concerns with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch.... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:18:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia population increased today as college students started to move back for the school year. More people... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:48:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia dog owners shouldn't worry much about blue-green algae because there has been only one incident in 30... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:41:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Owners of McLanks restaurant are cleaning up after someone shattered a window overnight. "We don't have any... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:46:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A case about the University of Missouri system's restriction on employees having concealed firearms on campus started its... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:10:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed a stalking charge against a former Hickman High School choir director on Friday. The charge... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:58:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
5pm 89°
6pm 88°
7pm 85°
8pm 81°