Neighbors warn others to lock their car doors because of rash of thefts

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- Grain Valley police and residents are warning all those they can that a burglar or burglars have broken into nearly two dozen cars in the last ten days.

According to police, none of the cars was locked at the time of the break-ins, which occurred in a Grain Valley neighborhood off Sni-a-Bar Parkway.

One of the victims was Rosalind Richter. Her Saturn sedan was broken into on Monday.

"I didn't notice it was gone until I went to work," she said about a portable DVD player. "To replace it, I've called, and it's 130 bucks. I don't have that kind of money to do, you know?"

Richter says she normally locks her car doors, but didn't that night because she was hurrying to get her daughter inside and out of the rain.

Richter created a facebook page to warn others. So far, more than 300 people have used it to warn others of potential crime.

"Let's get it out there that things are being stolen," she said. "Not only myself but my neighbors were ransacked as well."

Police have increased patrols in the area. Another victim, Bill Cox, was alerted to the break-in of his car by a patrol officer who noticed his car door was partially open.

"And we opened the door and stuff was scattered everywhere," Bill Cox said.

Cox says his door wasn't locked either. The thief took a camera, his wife's medication and a check for veterans' benefits.

As of Friday evening, police had not made any arrests.

Click here to link to the Grain Valley Neighborhood Watch facebook page created by Richter.



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  • June

    Some people don’t seem to have the brains God gave them. Do we really need others to warn us to lock our cars? I thought that was something everybody already knew they should do. In other words, those who are warning others are admitting they didn’t lock their car doors and telling others not to be as stupid as them. If you don’t lock your car doors, you deserve to lose whatever is in it. Next time, just set that portable DVD player next to the curb.

  • JTC

    If she was just going inside at home anyway.why not take an extra 2 seconds of getting rained on to lock the doors? Looks like the thief found where all the idiots live..a whole street of them..why is this on the news?