Cheyenne Police Department says there is an increase in preventable vehicle theft

Car stolen in North Platte recovered with suspect in Gothenburg.
Car stolen in North Platte recovered with suspect in Gothenburg.(KNOP)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 3:23 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Police Department reports an increase in preventable vehicle and property theft. The department says most instances occur when the keys are left in the ignition or in the car.

Over the past three months, police have responded to 76 vehicle theft reports which indicates a 45% increase from the same period in 2020.

Alexandra Farkas, CPD Public Information Officer said that because people are more likely to leave their car running to warm up their vehicles, it is the perfect opportunity for thieves to strike.

CPD reminds us to “Lock It or Lose It”.

“These crimes are preventable and often result in the subjects engaging in other criminal activity with the stolen vehicle,” said Sergeant Matthew Solberg.

Farkas said that approximately 70% of stolen vehicles/property is recovered by CPD within the first four days.

Officers encourage citizens to report suspicious activity to the Cheyenne Police Department dispatch center at (307) 637-6525.

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