According to the Davis County Sheriff, there has been a rash of car thefts in Davis County -- as well as Jefferson and Wapello Counties -- over the last few weeks.
At least four cars were stolen in Bloomfield on Wednesday evening, while additional stolen cars from other counties have been recovered in Davis County. Local officials theorize the thieves are most likely teenagers who are looking for cars with keys left in them. The cars are taken for joy rides and then dumped in other locations.
According to a report this morning on the Bloomfield Democrat's Web site, Chief Deputy Josh O’Dell says the thefts are still under investigation and that officers do have leads they are working on in the case. O’Dell said more information should be available about the thefts by sometime later Thursday. As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning Deputies were still out working on recovering vehicles and should have further details at a later time.
A Google image search of "car thefts" raised the question, "Why do most car thieves wear ski masks?"
The Ottumwa Courier had no report on the car thefts today. The paper did have some really nifty, irrelevant photos of a tower being assembled somewhere, with no related story.
The Bloomfield Democrat now reports that five cars were stolen from Davis County, six from Wapello county. Also has the names of the victims. Link Here: Bloomfield Democrat.
(Geez, two of those cars were right next to my beloved mini-van! Don't leave your keys in the car, Davis Countyans!)
Here at IowaScribe, we have uncovered exclusive video of the car thefts and the pursuit by local law enforcement officials. Enjoy!