The owner of a stolen 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe later found the SUV abandoned on I-44. The vehicle was stolen between 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 8 a.m. Oct. 29 from outside a home in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue after the keys to the vehicle were taken from a 2015 Ford F-150 parked in the same driveway, Eureka Police reported.
The Santa Fe was found by its owner, a 36-year-old Eureka woman, on the shoulder of I-44 west off Lewis Road on Oct. 29. However, a wallet worth $30 that had $200 in cash in it was missing from the Santa Fe, the report said.
Both vehicles had been locked, but the window on the F-150 was shattered and the keys to the Santa Fe were taken from the pickup’s center console. The F-150 belongs to a 62-year-old Eureka woman. The damage to the F-150 was estimated at $1,000, according to the report.
There also was a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 parked outside the home, and a magazine for a 9mm Ruger handgun that had ammunition in it was taken from the pickup. The Ram is owned by a 28-year-old Eureka man, the report said.
Police also were told an unlocked 2007 Pontiac, which was parked outside a different home on the street, had been rummaged through. Nothing was reported stolen from that vehicle.
As of Nov. 13, there were no suspects, and the money and magazine had not been recovered, Capt. David Wilson said. Anyone with information about the incident should call Eureka Police at 636-938-6601.