Pevely Police are investigating the theft of two vehicles overnight Oct. 24-25. Police believe the thefts may be related, Capt. Larry Miller said.
“We had a couple of vehicles stolen on two ends of town, the east and the west,” Miller said. “With the time frame on those, I bet you it was the same gang of people.”
A 2016 black Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from outside a home on Scarborough Lane on the east side of town, he said.
“They accidentally left the garage door to the house up and left the key in the middle console,” Miller said. “The vehicle was unlocked.”
The second incident involved the theft of a 2015 Dodge Journey from outside a house in the 1900 block of Magnolia Way on the city’s west side.
“They had last seen it 4:30 a.m. that day,” Miller said. “The reporting party thinks someone had left a key in the vehicle parked in the home’s driveway and left it unlocked.”
Both vehicles were later recovered in St. Louis, Miller said.
He said the Silverado was equipped with OnStar technology and police used that technology to track it, recovering it at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
“It was in a parking lot in the city of St. Louis,” Miller said. “The truck was not damaged and was returned to the owner.”
The Journey was recovered about 10:20 p.m. Oct. 25, Miller said.
He said the victim called the company that had financed the vehicle, and the company was able to use a mechanism to disable the vehicle and then it was later recovered and taken to a St. Louis impound lot for the owner to claim.
In both cases, no one was with the vehicles when they were recovered and no arrests have been made, Miller said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has warned local residents about a group or groups of people from outside the county who are coming here to steal from unlocked vehicles, and Miller said it has not been determined whether the two Pevely incidents are connected to those groups.
Anyone with information about the Pevely thefts is urged to call Pevely Police at 636-475-5301.