Crime Spree in Cape
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Everything from stolen cars to items taken from vehicles are reported across Cape Girardeau.
Other neighborhoods in town report cars with smashed in windows. Residents don't know why it's happening, but they want it to stop.
It's happening in neighborhoods that are generally pretty quiet; neighborhoods like the Ashland Hills subdivision. That's where somebody stole Lance Power's 2002 Chevy Silverado right out of his drive way.
"I woke up and got dressed to go to work. I looked down at the concrete where my truck should be," said Powers. "It was just gone."
Powers said he left his keys in the car by accident that night, but it doesn't make it right.
"It doesn't give somebody the right to come onto my personal property and take my vehicle," he said.
Powers isn't the only one that's been hit in the Ashland Hill area. Others report wallets and other belongings being stolen from cars parked outside. Across town near Saddlegate, residents say someone's been stealing items right out of their cars.
A different type of crime happened in neighborhoods near Bertling Street.
"I came out in the morning and went to put my bag in the car and noticed somebody had smashed in my back window," said Doug Carlton. "Police think it was done with a baseball bat."
Police believe several different groups could be behind the crime spree.