Local authorities say ‘lock your doors’

Strings of petty theft reported in Plain City, Choctaw

By Brandon Semler - bsemler@civitasmedia.com

Though the peak season of petty theft and vandalism is coming to an end, it’s not over quite yet.

Eight incidents of theft from unlocked vehicles were reported between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Willowcreek Estates and Copperfield Estates developments in Plain City.

Items ranging from loose change to wallets were stolen, as well as a tablet, according to Plain City Police Sgt. Tom Jaskiewicz.

Jaskiewicz said locking your car will help you avoid most thefts.

“It’s really as simple as that,” he added.

After years on the service in Plain City, Jaskiewicz said he has never seen a window smashed to gain entry to a vehicle.

Multiple incidents of vandalism and theft were also reported at Choctaw Lake during the month of August.

The most recent date of a vandalism report at the lake development was Aug. 23, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

That night, reports of criminal mischief were filed on East Choctaw Drive and Itawamba Trail. Outdoor lights were smashed at four properties.

Theft accusations were also reported Aug. 7 at Choctaw Lake. Items were reported stolen from five vehicles.

All vehicles containing items, which included an iPad and laptop, were unlocked at the time.

Lt. John Swaney of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said residents must take precautions.

“Lock your doors, and avoid putting valuables in the car,” Swaney said.

The sheriff’s office has patrolled Choctaw Lake, but does not yet have any leads, he said. Vandalism and theft could have been have been done by juveniles, and the fact that school is now in session may decrease the likelihood of it happening again, he added.

Swaney also advised residents to refrain from having cash in the car, other than change.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

Strings of petty theft reported in Plain City, Choctaw

By Brandon Semler