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Car Thieves Target Kirkwood Neighborhood

Suspects make off with electronics, cash and a firearm after a string of overnight thefts.

Thieves broke into six vehicles Thursday night, making off with electronics, cash and a firearm, according to the .

Five of the thefts occurred in a Kirkwood neighborhood near the intersection of North Geyer Road and West Essex Avenue. Suspects broke into vehicles in the:

  • 400 block of Way Avenue,
  • 500 block of Central Place,
  • 400 block of Burns Avenue,
  • 600 block of Knierim Place and
  • 500 block of East Monroe Avenue.

Residents began reporting the crimes to police at 6:39 a.m. Friday. Suspects also stole sunglasses and cigarettes, according to police.

The Kirkwood Police Department offers the following tips to residents to prevent thefts from vehicles:

  1. Never leave a car unlocked no matter where it is parked;
  2. never leave anything visible in a car that might pique the interest of a thief;
  3. be especially vigilant when parking at daycares, as thieves are known to target cars when parents “run in” to drop off their children; and
  4. exercise caution when parking in large lots, as thieves can watch patrons enter a store and calculate how long they have to check out a car undetected.
Mary Murphy-OVermann May 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Peek? I think you mean "...pique the interest...". : )
Owen Skoler May 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Thanks Mary. The word has been corrected.

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