Police: Lock Your Vehicles! Rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles continues in Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The number of thefts from vehicles left unlocked in the City of Riverton continued in the lead-up to Independence Day and into the weekend. Captain Eric Murphy noted that all of the incidents involved vehicles that were left open by their owners. “Please, lock your cars when they are unattended,” he said again Monday. “Don’t leave valuables in plain sight, either.”

The most recent incidents are listed below.

On Thursday at 8 a.m. a call came in from the 500 block of Dinwoody Circle where a $400 set of Dr. Dre Beats headphones were taken, along with a tooled leather wallet containing various credit cards, a debit card and drivers license from an unlocked Ford pickup.  The reporting party said a silver mini-van was spotted across the street from the theft with several people in it. That vehicle was later located near the Fairgrounds. The vehicle was towed to the RPD’s  impound lot awaiting a search warrant. In plain sight on the floorboard of the 2001 Silver Chrysler Town and Country van was the owner’s manual for a Ford Power-stroke pickup, which matched the truck that had been entered on Dinwoody Circle.

An unlocked garage in the 100 block of Big Bend Avenue was entered overnight. The owner discovered his four vehicles had all been entered with the doors to all of the vehicles left open. The only item reported missing so far is a $150 pair of Nikon binoculars.

A 2006 Black Ford F-150 left unlocked with the keys inside was reported stolen Thursday morning. It had last been seen at midnight. The female owner’s wallet had been thrown out of the vehicle, but apparently nothing other than the $18,000 vehicle had been taken. The mother of the victim reported seeing a gray or silver mini-van across the street when she drove up. That van reportedly fled as soon as the woman entered the driveway of the home. The vehicle has not been located.

A black 2013 Ford Raptor parked in the 2200 block of Broadacres had been entered and the glove box and center console rummaged through, the owner reported. A tray from the center console, valued at $100, had been taken from the vehicle. In an unusual twist, four landscaping solar lights, valued at $20 each, were pulled up from the lawn and thrown across the street.

At 10 a.m. back on Dinwoody Circle, the owner of a gray Ford F-150 reported that two black hunting knives with 12 inch blades, valued at $200 for the pair, were missing from the vehicle. A window in the truck had been left open overnight.

Four stock wheels and tires valued at $1,500 were reportedly stolen from the back of a truck. The wheels are tires were for a 2003 Ford F-150. The tires and wheels were last seen three weeks ago.

A theft was reported from an unlocked red and white 1986 GMC pickup parked in the 300 block of East Madison Avenue. The hood of the truck had been popped and a $60 blue auxiliary cable had been removed from the engine, along with $3.50 in change from inside the truck.