ELKO — A cluster of auto thefts over the weekend kept police busy and reemphasized why residents should lock their cars, said Police Lt. Ty Trouten.
Officers fielded three reports of stolen vehicles and recovered only one over the weekend, Trouten said.
A truck and two Jeeps were stolen from the downtown corridor, in front of Winger’s restaurant and from the intersection of Fifth and River streets, Trouten said.
One of the vehicles that was stolen was left running, and possibly wasn’t locked, while another was left unlocked with the keys in it, Trouten said. The recovered vehicle had stolen license plates on it when police found it.
“It’s a good reminder to lock your vehicles, take your keys inside and don’t leave it running,” Trouten said. “Just because you live in a nice neighborhood doesn’t mean that someone won’t be walking by and grab it. All it takes is one time.”
In addition, thieves broke in to other vehicles over the weekend to take items such as spare tires, toolboxes, parts and even a back seat, Trouten said.
He also urged residents to only leave cars running to warm up if they are able to lock them while the engine is running.
“A lot of the older model cars can start and lock, but the newer vehicles don’t,” Trouten said. “If you’re not going to sit there and you’re going to instead leave it unattended, that’s inviting people to steal it.”
Police believe that many of the thefts are related to stripping the vehicles for parts. They are continuing to investigate the reports.