WARRENTON, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Residents in one neighborhood say they’re being victimized too many times by thieves, and they are looking for results.
In fact, one resident named Roger Tucker says if the police don’t get results, other people in the neighborhood might start.
“I got a message for them, they better hope the police department catches them,” he said. “Before some of these country boys get their hands on them.”
Residents tell News 4 their cars and pick-ups have been targets all year. Tucker has lost count of the times things have been stolen from vehicles in his neighborhood.
“Josh has had his 45 stolen, Mark had his truck broke into his wallet and pain pills taken, tools from a pick up this way,” he said. “Deer rifles this last time on the first street, two different purses.”
Police say it’s likely the thieves are heroin addicts looking for quick cash. However, in all cases the cars and pick-ups were not locked. Police says that makes the vehicles prime targets for thieves.
“I think the key here is for those folks to be a little more vigilant not only paying attention to what’s going on in the neighborhoods but keeping the cars locked,” said Chief Greg Houdyshell of the Warrenton Police.
For now, residents are on their toes, and some are worried about more serious crimes.
“Yeah I’m scared you see so much about home invasions,” said resident Brinda Graeham.
Police say they do have some leads in the thefts, but they also want homeowners to take precautions and not be lulled into a false sense of security just because they live far from the city.