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Arnold Police believe a group of people who were stealing items from unlocked vehicles in Jefferson County last summer and fall have struck the area again.

Capt. Rich Shular said the same kind of thefts occurred between about 4:30 p.m. March 14 and 10:40 a.m. March 15 in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Key West Drive, where items were stolen from five vehicles.

“It (frequent thefts from vehicles) had not been going on, and it just flared back up,” Shular said. “Please make it difficult and lock your vehicles, and don’t leave valuable items where they can be seen. Even though these groups seem to target unlocked vehicles, if they see something of value, they will likely try to get to it by breaking into a locked vehicle.”

In the thefts on Key West Drive in March, a 32-year-old Arnold woman reported that a Chromebook X360 laptop computer, a Capital One credit card and 75 Adderall tablets that had been prescribed to her were stolen from her unlocked 2013 Chevrolet Cruze. In all, those items were valued at about $1,500, Arnold Police reported.

A 24-year-old Arnold man and 22-year-old Arnold woman said tools and jackets, altogether worth about $470, were stolen from their two unlocked Ford Fusions, the report said.

A 29-year-old Arnold man reported that a tool set worth about $100 and a checkbook from a previously closed account were stolen from his unlocked 2016 Nissan Rogue, according to the report.

Another 29-year-old Arnold man had his wallet stolen from an unlocked 2018 Ford F-150. The wallet had a debit card and credit cards in it, and one of the cards was used to make a $200 purchase at a location near the intersection of Union Boulevard and Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis, the report said.

As of March 19, none of the stolen items had been recovered and there were no suspects, Shular said. He asks anyone with information about the thefts should call Arnold Police at 636-296-3204.

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