The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that six vehicles and a trailer were stolen between Jan. 20 and Jan. 24 in unincorporated areas all around the county. The thefts occurred in Cedar Hill, Dittmer, High Ridge, Imperial and the Arnold and Fenton areas.
Four of the stolen vehicles had been left unlocked with the keys inside, and one vehicle had been locked. In addition, one of the thefts involved a motorcycle that had broken down and been left on the side of the I-55, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The first of the six thefts was a tan 2002 Chevrolet Malibu stolen from the 2400 block of Nottingham Lane in unincorporated Fenton. The victim said her car was stolen between about 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20. She said the car was locked, and the keys were not inside it, the report said.
The next day the Sheriff’s Office got a report about a trailer that was stolen between Jan. 10 and Jan. 21 in the 5700 block of Dillon Road in High Ridge. The victim had been refurbishing the 16-foot, flat-bed utility trailer, which has a yellow frame and wood bed, the report said.
Also on Jan. 21, deputies were notified about a white, red and black 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 that had broken down and been left along southbound I-55 near Imperial Main Street at about 3:40 p.m. The victim said he contacted a towing company to recover the bike, and when someone from the company arrived at about 5 p.m., the motorcycle was gone. There were no reports of another company or a law enforcement agency towing the motorcycle, according to the report.
On Jan. 22, deputies were called to the Mobil gas station, 7005 Hwy. 30, in Dittmer, after a woman’s 1999 Dodge Neon was stolen. The car was left unlocked and running while the victim was inside the convenience store, the report said.
The Neon was recovered on Jan. 23 on Valles Mines School Road near Hwy. V in Valles Mines. The car had been spray-painted and its ignition had been damaged before being left on a trail off the road, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Also on Jan. 23, deputies responded to a home in the 7500 block of Hillsboro House Springs Road in Cedar Hill after a pickup was stolen. The victim said he left his black 2003 Dodge Dakota unlocked and running in his driveway, and when he came out, the pickup was gone, the report said.
On Jan. 24, deputies were called to the 8600 block of Silver Springs Lane in Cedar Hill when a blue and gray 2001 Dodge Ram was stolen. The pickup was unlocked, and its keys were hanging on the steering column. About $1,200 worth of tools and a loaded .380 Ruger LC2 gun were in the pickup when it was stolen, according to the report.
Also on Jan. 24 deputies responded to Two Men and a Spa, 1500 Old Hwy. 21, near Arnold, when the business’s white 2001 Ford F-350 was stolen, which had been left unlocked with the keys inside. The pickup was stolen between about 6 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. from the company’s secured back parking lot, the report said.
Tools worth about $2,000 were in the bed of the truck, which was driven through a gate, causing about $7,000 worth of damage. The truck was found less than a mile away in the 4700 block of nearby Happy Lane, but a generator, concrete saw and rotary hammer were missing from the pickup, according to the report.
As of Jan. 29, the Malibu, Dakota, Ram, motorcycle and trailer were still missing, and there were no suspects in any of the thefts, Sheriff’s Office Grant Bissell said. He asks anyone with information about the incidents to call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515.