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Burglaries and auto thefts on the rise in Jefferson County

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has seen a 42% jump in stolen cars in the first half of this year, compared to last year. (Credit: KMOV) The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has seen a 42% jump in stolen cars in the first half of this year, compared to last year. (Credit: KMOV)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has seen a 42% jump in stolen cars in the first half of this year, compared to last year.

Corporal Matt Moore said, "Stolen autos are up, especially in the month of June. We've had higher numbers, more cars are being stolen and we've noticed that trend here in June."

According to the sheriff department there were 114 stolen vehicles in the first six months of 2016 and 162 in 2017. The month of June had the most with 34.

Dale Heck lives around the corner from neighbor who had a 2007 Ford F-250 pickup stolen on July 16th.

"I just don't understand why somebody would want to take somebody else's property that they work hard on," said Heck.

Corporal Moore also said burglaries in the county have jumped from 190 in the first half of last year to 236 in the first six months of 2017. That's a 24% increase.

Ann Finley's home in the Sugar Creek Estates Mobile home park was recently burglarized. She said the thief stole electronics and jewelry passed down to her from her mother.

"Almost could cry, just a sick feeling, especially about the sentimental value of the jewelry," said Finley.

Investigators believe the heroin epidemic is behind the burglary increase.

Moore said, "People often attribute drugs to be a victim-less crime but people purchasing drugs have to get the money somehow and sometimes they're breaking into homes and vehicles." 

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