Dodgeville Thieves Target Unlocked Vehicles

By: Melissa Wollering Email
By: Melissa Wollering Email

An alert for all drivers in Dodgeville: lock your car doors at all times.
Police are looking for the person or people responsible for a rash of thefts from vehicles all over the city.

It is now a regular occurance: the interior of your vehicle turned inside-out.

"They got in our glove box and they threw everything out," says Kasi Murn.

Thieves in Dodgeville have trashed Kasi Murn's car twice. The second time, Kasi called police.

"Come to find out there was like ten that night alone and somebody got $800 stolen out of their vehicle," says Kasi.

Since July 5th, the Dodgeville Police Department has taken reports of about 45 thefts from vehicles. However, Chief David Kieffer says there are likely more than 45 because some victims may call police. Kieffer says thieves are targeting unlocked cars, opening the doors and searching for purses and wallets. They usually walk a distance from the vehicle, take the cash and discard the rest.

"It happens relatively quickly," says Chief Kieffer. "It would take less than ten seconds to be some distance away from the car with what they have in their hand."

Kasi says certain weather conditions seem to bring out the thieves for unknown reasons.

"It always happens when it is like raining out or it is a foggy night," says Murn. "It always seemed to happen when we had our windows closed."

The Murn's are lucky. Nothing was stolen from their vehicle either time. The thieves seem to be after just one thing.

"Only money and fortunately they have left the credit cars in most cases," says Chief Kieffer.

"My husband had his blackberry in there and they never took that," says Murn.

Still, residents used to leaving their cars and homes unlocked are starting to change their ways.

"We don't feel that they're out to hurt anybody but we feel like they are trying to get a thrill," says Murn. "They think it is funny and what starts out could lead to more things and that's what we're scared of."

Police are looking for leads. If you have any information, call the Dodgeville Police Department at 935-3238 or the Iowa County Sheriff's Department at 935-3314.

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