Three Rivers Police investigating multiple auto thefts

The Three Rivers Police Department responded to two separate incidents of motor vehicle theft this week, both of which resulted in the recovery of the vehicles in question.

The first incident occurred on Tuesday, February 9 at approximately 8:14 p.m. outside of Broadway Market, located at 214 E. Broadway, where an individual entered a running vehicle and sped away. The second incident occurred on Wednesday, February 10 at approximately 6:57 p.m. in the 200 Block of King Street.

In comments to Watershed Voice Wednesday evening, Det. Sgt. Sam Smallcombe said both vehicles were “found in different locations not near each other” when they were recovered, “so at this point I can’t say whether it was one person” or multiple individuals who committed the thefts.

The TRPD shared the following crime prevention tips against motor vehicle theft in a press release issued on Thursday:

  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition.
  • Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of you home.
  • Park in busy and well-lighted areas.
  • Do not leave valuables — GPS, cellphones, laptops or other valuables in plain view.
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft devices.
  • Never leave you vehicle registration or other personal documents in your vehicle.
  • Report auto theft immediately. Provide local authorities with the make, model, license plate number, and vehicle identification number.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor of Watershed Voice.