Car Break-ins Investigated

On Thursday, August 4th, 2011, Jefferson City police took into custody four (4) juveniles and arrested one (1) adult for their participation in approximately three dozen thefts from motor vehicles overnight. All of the vehicles, with the exception of one, were left unlocked by their respective owners and there were no visible signs of damage to those vehicles left unlocked.

The locations of the thefts include the southeast part of Jefferson City on Bald Hill Road, Deer Trail, Copperstone Court, and Brady Drive.

Charges are being sought on the four (4) juveniles for both felonious receiving stolen property and misdemeanor receiving stolen property. One (1) juvenile also faces an additional charge of property damage, and one (1) juvenile faces a charge of possession of paraphernalia. After an investigation and interviews, the adult was released and no charges were submitted.

During the lengthy investigation by patrol officers and with the assistance of the criminal investigations section, several items including cellphones, flashlights, laptop computers were recovered, as well as other items of mention to include cash and other valuables. In addition, a loaded handgun was stolen and recovered.

The initial information on the crimes began at about 1:30 a.m., when Cole County Deputies responded to the 2000 block of Copperstone Court upon request from a resident who saw someone searching through cars. After 4 a.m., a resident in the 1800 block of Bald Hill road heard their car window being broken out and contacted police. Jefferson City Officers searched the area and found other cars that had been rummaged through in the 2100 block of Deer Trail and the 2000 block of Brady Drive. After 5 a.m., two (2) juveniles were located at McDonald’s on Eastland after a newspaper delivery driver was contacted and notified police of the suspicious activity. After an investigation, the other juveniles and the adult were located with the stolen property in the 1900 block of Bald Hill.

Detectives from Jeff City Police and the Cole County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating. The 4 juveniles are ages 14 and 15, and are area residents.

Anyone with any additional information regarding the crimes or who may have had items stolen from their vehicle are asked to contact Detective Jason Miles at the Jefferson City Police Department at 634-6400.

Residents are strongly encouraged to secure their vehicles when not in use. Residents should take adequate precautions to secure their homes and vehicles and reduce their risk of becoming a victim of a crime through those basic crime prevention efforts. For ideas and assistance in helping to make residents less of a target for criminal opportunity in their neighborhood or home, Jefferson City residents may contact the Crime Prevention Specialist, Officer Kevin Kempker, at 634-6400.

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