Lee’s Summit Police Department investigators are probing a rash of stolen vehicles and thefts from vehicles that may be related.
According to Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue, a spokesman for the department, the car larcenies and stolen vehicles were located on the southwest side of town with incidents reported on S.W. Madison; S.W. Highland; W. Shelby; and S.W. Crossing Drive.
A total of six car larcenies and three stolen vehicles have been reported from the area since June 29.
“The Police Department does believe the incidents are related,” Depue said in an email to the Journal. “Several of the vehicles that were broken into had been left unlocked and two of the three stolen vehicles were unlocked with keys in them. The Police Department reminds people that during the summer months we normally see a rise in theft from autos, (and) residents are reminded to remove valuables from cars and keep them secured and parked in well-lit areas.”
Depue said the following incident reports were filed in connection with the crimes:
• On June 29 at 8:45 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of S.W. Madison on the report of a stolen vehicle. The owner indicated that their 2009 Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen from the street in front of the residence. The vehicle had been left unlocked.
• On June 29 at 9:40 a.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of S.W. Shelby Court on the report of a stolen vehicle. The owner indicated that their 2007 Chevrolet Malibu had been taken from the driveway of the residence. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in the vehicle.
• On June 29 at 6:00 p.m. officers responded to the 1600 block of S.W. Hedgewood on the report of a stolen vehicle. The owner indicated that their 2011 Ford F-150 had been stolen from the driveway of the residence. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in the vehicle. While investigating that incident, officers located the two previous Chevrolet Malibu vehicles that had been abandoned near the residence.
Those vehicles were recovered and returned to the owners. The investigation into the incidents is ongoing, Depue said.