Bloomington Police investigate series of vehicle thefts

By WEEK Producer

Bloomington Police investigate series of vehicle thefts

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington Police Department have arrested one juvenile in a rash of vehicle thefts, but still wants citizens to take precautions with their vehicles.

Since October 1, police have investigated six reports of stolen vehicles in Bloomington. At the time of the thefts, five of the stolen vehicles had the keys left in the vehicle.

A juvenile has been arrested one juvenile male for motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and hit and run. However, police are still investigating the thefts. They recommend the following tips when parking your vehicle:

- Whenever you are away from your vehicle, close all windows, lock all doors, and do not leave your keys in your vehicle.

- As cold weather approaches, you may be inclined to leave your vehicle running while it warms up. Never leave your unattended vehicle running with the keys inside.

- When dropping off/picking up kid(s) from day care, school, etc., never leave your unattended vehicle running with the keys inside.

- Do not leave anything (including coins, garage door openers, purses, cell phones, GPS, etc.) in plain sight. Leave valuables at home or lock them in your trunk

- Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas, away from shrubbery that would obscure the view of your vehicle.

Police say if you observe any suspicious activity, please call the non-emergency number for Bloomington Police Department at (309)-820-8888.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.