Juveniles suspected in pilfering cases

Published 6:01 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Smithfield Police believe four juveniles are behind the recent rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles. 

However, two other thefts that involved windows being broken are thought to be the work of another individual or group, according to Lt. Chris Meier of the Smithfield Police Department (see related story). Those thefts also included the perpetrators using vehicles to get away, said Meier. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

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The thefts from unlocked cars appear to be conducted by individuals on foot because they have occurred within a certain walking distance, said Meier. 

The thefts from unlocked cars have included two guns, along with purses and other items, said Meier.

There were 10 reports filed Friday, Aug. 23, said Meier.

In all, there have been more than 30 reports of cars being tampered with since July.

Suspects were identified Thursday night into Friday, said Meier, adding that after their parents picked them up, there haven’t been any further reports as of Monday. 

“If you do it long enough, you’re going to get caught,” said Meier, adding that the department expects to make arrests later this week.  {/mprestriction}