HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Police Department received five reports of burglary or stealing at local homes on Sunday, Jan. 26, and most involved stealing from an unlocked vehicle, according to Lt. M.L. Routh, the HPD patrol division manager.
Routh warned the public to “Lock it or lose it.”
Three of the Sunday incidents were on Wauneta Place, where one included a vehicle being stolen.
A man was arrested, Routh said, and he has returned the vehicle. The HPD report has been given to the Marion County prosecuting attorney for a decision about charges.
Stealing also was reported Jan. 26 on Birch Street and Hillside, in addition to a burglary on Center Street.
Most of these incidents could have been prevented.
“Most are people who left cars unlocked and made a target of themselves,” Routh said.
He also advised everyone to avoid leaving a purse or any other valuable item “in plain sight” in a vehicle.
Although the HPD may have had more reports of stealing than usual on Jan 26, officers have received at least one incident report of stealing from a residence or business each day for several days. Grace Street was the location of a stealing report on Jan. 21, and Jan. 22 reports included stealing on Red Devil Road and on YMCA Drive.
On Jan. 23 stealing was reported on Clinic Road. The next day there was a crime report on Surrey Hills and on Jan. 25, stealing was reported on Mark Twain Avenue.