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JPD warns residents of recent car thefts; seen over 20 in the last month

JONESBORO,AR- Over the past few weeks, Jonesboro police say they have seen car thefts on the rise.

There have been over 20 car thefts in the last month where people have gotten their vehicle stolen right out of their driveway.

“We had one yesterday afternoon, where a gentleman was starting his car before he went to work, and it disappeared from his driveway. That was probably just someone, a crime of opportunity, someone just walking by happen to see it,” Jonesboro Police Department Patrol Sergeant, David Stout said.

JPD says the most common theft occurs when the victims goes outside to warm their car up, leaving the keys in the ignition and doors unlocked.

This generally occurs when temperatures are at its lowest.

“If you see anything in a neighborhood that looks suspicious. If you see someone out of the ordinary that doesn’t belong in the neighborhood, please call us,” Stout said.

Patrol Sergeant, David Stout says if you see something, say something.

But in the meantime, he says the best way to prevent this is by keeping an extra set of keys.

“A lot of the remote start if the keys not in or anywhere around it, it will kill the car. So, if you don’t have a remote start, I would highly caution you to not have your keys inside the vehicle and start it and walk away unattended because it could get stolen,” Stout said.

Police believe the thefts will only get worse as it gets colder and to call them if you see anything going on in your neighborhood.


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