Quantcast

Joplin Sees An Increase In Stealing Running Cars Left To Warm Up - KOAM TV 7

Joplin Sees An Increase In Stealing Running Cars Left To Warm Up

Updated:

Low temperatures in the Four-States are said to be the blame for a rise, in car thefts. Joplin police have now recovered three vehicles stolen after drivers left them running and unattended.

It may feel good to step into a warm car when it's cold outside, but Joplin Police say there is a new rash of crime happening in town. And police are now urging drivers to resist the temptation of leaving cars running and unlocked this winter.

Chris Edwards of Joplin says he doesn't do it very often with his car, but when temperatures are low...

"I'll leave it running if it's really cold outside, if I'm running to the red box, or to air up my tires or something like that," Edwards said.
 
But what Edwards didn't know is that 20 cars have been stolen in Joplin since the start of last month, according to police. And over one quarter of those where taken from people just like Edwards, who left their cars running.

"they had gotten off work, stepped out, left there vehicle running and then stepped back inside and stepped back out and the vehicle was gone," Said Lt. Charla Geller of the Joplin Police Department.
 
She says the force is classifying the increase as a rash of "warm up and drive off" crimes of opportunity.

"A warm car is inviting not only to us, but to an individual who is walking and needs to go places as well," Geller said.
 
Geller says to always keep doors locked when cars are running, just in case. And we spoke with other drivers to see how they felt.

"For that reason exactly I always shut off my car, and most of the time I lock my vehicle," said Seth Torben of Joplin.
 
"That's kind of mean, I really wouldn't like anybody to do that to me!," said Rita Flores of Girard. 

"I've had my purse stolen out of my vehicle and it's not something I want to go through again," said Myra Dinger of Baxter Springs. 

And as for Edwards, he says it's definitely something he will think twice about from now on.

"I can't afford to buy a new car every time somebody steals it, so I need to make sure I lock it up I guess!," Edwards said.
  
Joplin Police tell me there where more than 520 auto thefts in Joplin in 2013, and that most of those could have been prevented, because a majority left keys in the car. For those looking for a way to keep their cars warm and doors locked -- there are some alternatives such as remote start devices.    

For a link to the Joplin Police Department, click here

 

  • Liz HollidayMore>>

  • Local Business Reopens After Owner Returns from Afghanistan

    Local Business Reopens After Owner Returns from Afghanistan

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:51:15 GMT
    A Four-State business reopens after almost a year, while it's owner was working in Afghanistan. Zelton Tedder is an Army Veteran who served in Korea. Tedder continues to work overseas as an Independent Contractor. After leaving Iraq in 2011 the Florida native settled in Pittsburg, where he opened up Sgt. Vacuum. "I decided to stop getting shot at and open a store. So here I am," Tedder said.But after only four months of business the military called once again, this time for a job in Afghanist...More >>
    A Four-State business reopens after almost a year, while it's owner was working in Afghanistan. Zelton Tedder is an Army Veteran who served in Korea. Tedder continues to work overseas as an Independent Contractor. After leaving Iraq in 2011 the Florida native settled in Pittsburg, where he opened up Sgt. Vacuum. "I decided to stop getting shot at and open a store. So here I am," Tedder said.But after only four months of business the military called once again, this time for a job in Afghanist...More >>
  • Carthage Dentist Uses Good Friday To Offer Free Services

    Carthage Dentist Uses Good Friday To Offer Free Services

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:06:56 GMT
    One Four State Dentist observes Good Friday as time to offer free dental services to patients. It's owner says it is aims to make Good Friday, Great for those in need."It's hurting me constantly," said patient Carrie Smith. Carrie is hoping to spend her Good Friday getting a tooth pulled. It's not how many would choose to kick off Easter weekend, but thanks to Herrington Dentistry in Carthage it won't cost Carrie a single penny. "We open up our office as a way of being missionaries in our own...More >>
    One Four State Dentist observes Good Friday as time to offer free dental services to patients. It's owner says it is aims to make Good Friday, Great for those in need."It's hurting me constantly," said patient Carrie Smith. Carrie is hoping to spend her Good Friday getting a tooth pulled. It's not how many would choose to kick off Easter weekend, but thanks to Herrington Dentistry in Carthage it won't cost Carrie a single penny. "We open up our office as a way of being missionaries in our own...More >>
  • Rebuild Joplin Brings Its 128th Family Home

    Rebuild Joplin Brings Its 128th Family Home

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:20:42 GMT
    Rebuild Joplin celebrates its 128th housewarming since the Joplin tornado today.Theo and Opal Morrison were moving into their home on Illinois when the tornado struck. Without having time to buy insurance, according to Opal, the tornado winds shifted their home from its foundation, rendering it unlivable.More >>
    Rebuild Joplin celebrates its 128th housewarming since the Joplin tornado today.Theo and Opal Morrison were moving into their home on Illinois when the tornado struck. Without having time to buy insurance, according to Opal, the tornado winds shifted their home from its foundation, rendering it unlivable.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.