Stolen Cars Being Used For Joyrides In Eastern Iowa

Police in Epworth, Iowa say they are seeing some interesting stolen car reports. KCRG-TV9 reports two unlocked cars were stolen Sunday and one was found in Farley and the other in Hiawatha.

Police Chief James Kauffmann says both of them had been left unlocked with the keys inside. He says there is a connection between both stolen vehicles.

“It seems people are just getting in cars, taking them for joy rides and they are not really taking anything from the vehicles,” Kauffmann tells KCRG-TV 9. “Just taking them and running them, driving them until they run out of gas and then they ditch them somewhere.”

He says people need to take action before this problem gets worse “They should make sure their vehicles are locked, make sure the keys are in the house with them, even the garage door openers,” Kauffmann says. “If they can get in your vehicle they can get in your garage.”

He also recommended not leaving credit cards or personal information inside cars to avoid identity theft.

Kauffmann says stolen cars were also reported in Anamosa, Monticello and Wyoming.

(Photo from KCRG-TV 9)

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