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Investigators urge prevention after rash of car thefts


Trish Bennett, Editor

Southern Point, Walker Point and the Foxfire area have been targets for vehicle thefts in the past week.

SCIOTO TOWNSHIP – The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of vehicle thefts in the northern county area.

According to reports, at least five vehicles were stolen from the areas of the Southern Point subdivision, the Walker Point subdivision and the Foxfire area within the past week.

All but one of the vehicles have since been recovered, according to Lt. Dale Parish, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, but personal property is still missing from the thefts.

Parish said investigators are currently working on some positive leads and are making progress in the case, but no arrests have yet been made. In the meantime, though, he said the public can help by making it tougher for a criminal to gain access to their property.

“Some of these vehicles were unlocked, some even had the keys in them, and there were valuables in them,” Parish said. “Please don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. That turns it into a target.”

Parish said the thefts included sums of cash, firearms and other valuable property.

“When a criminal can find that kind of stuff in unsecured vehicles, they’re going to remember,” Parish said. “It makes vehicles in the whole area a target.”

As the investigation continues, Parish said anyone with information about the thefts is urged to contact the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office at 740-474-2176.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal